Posted April 16, 2020 09:50:36 The state is spending millions of dollars to overhaul its system of public safety prisons to make it more efficient and effective.
It’s part of a $6 billion federal prison overhaul.
The Idaho Public Defender’s Office says that since taking office in 2019, Gov.
Brad Plank has invested more than $1.8 billion in corrections, prisons, health care, rehabilitation, and public safety in the state.
The changes include the establishment of a new department of corrections, the creation of a department for inmates and the creation and funding of a Department of Public Safety.
Plank also directed the state to invest more than 2 billion dollars in the Idaho Corrections Authority, which will oversee the state’s corrections programs.
The new department will work closely with the state prison system to better meet the needs of Idahoans.
Plack said he is also calling for more reforms for mental health services.
He also says that the state is moving away from mandatory life sentences for low-level drug offenders to a life sentence, which would allow for offenders to receive parole and community supervision if they meet certain criteria.
In 2017, the state approved the use of mandatory life without parole for drug offenders who are convicted of the same felony as a prior murder, assault, armed robbery, sexual assault, or kidnapping conviction.
That means that offenders convicted of murder, sexual abuse, and kidnapping have a lifetime of mandatory incarceration.
This would be an exception for a person convicted of a felony, but not a felony for the crime for which they were sentenced, according to Plank.
The governor also said that Idaho would have the second-highest incarceration rate in the nation, behind New Mexico, and that it had the third-highest number of people in prison.
The state also has the second highest incarceration rate for prisoners of color, after California.
As part of its overhaul, the Idaho Public Defense Office has set a goal of increasing prison capacity by 10 percent.
The goal is to have 1,200 inmates in the prison system by 2020.
“The system has not changed that much over the last four years,” said Jodi Wachter, the attorney general of the state, who also heads the office that oversees the corrections system.
“There’s been a lot of changes in the law, but there’s still a lot that needs to change.”
Plank said the new department was created to help improve the public safety system.
The newly created department will focus on reducing recidivism rates, which is the number of prisoners who have completed their sentence.
That number has increased from about 1,500 in 2015 to 2,000 in 2018, according the Idaho Department of Corrections.
Planks goal is also to reduce recidivism by working with mental health professionals, prosecutors, and the courts to help prevent prisoners from reoffending.
“We want to help people who have committed crimes, not make them repeat their crimes,” Plank told The Verge.
“What we’re trying to do is reduce the recidivist rate.”
Plack added that the new office would have a role in the implementation of a law to allow prisoners to vote in elections.
In 2018, Plank signed into law a bill that would allow Idahoans to vote, as long as they were under the age of 18.
The bill also makes it easier for people to get their photo taken with their name on it and their fingerprints taken.
It also gives voters a right to request a photo ID at the polls, so people who are not allowed to vote have to present a government-issued ID.
“This bill will help us prevent felons from re-offending and keep people safe from criminals who are in prison,” Wachters said.
“In the end, it’s going to save taxpayers money.”
Idaho is one of two states in the country that do not have voting rights.
Idaho has been under strict voting restrictions for years, and it is unclear how long the new state legislature will continue to restrict voting rights under the federal Voting Rights Act.
“It is important that our government continues to protect our rights and we continue to make sure that every American has the ability to vote,” Plack told The Huffington Post in 2017.