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State wants community programs, not more prison beds

from Idaho County Free Press

The state Department of Correction is focusing on community supervision programs, including a new re-entry center in Twin Falls, in an effort to reduce Idaho's growing prison population, the department director said in a presentation to lawmakers. The state's prison population has exploded in recent years, with roughly 700 inmates currently housed out of state in Texas facilities to accommodate the overflow. The growth has exacerbated crowding in already-packed jails in Twin Falls and around the state, as counties find themselves housing more state inmates for longer periods of time. more

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