to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
This week’s escape from the North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI)
concerned many citizens near Cottonwood. I understand the fear an
escape generates. It is very taxing on the community, especially for those
who live closest to the facility. Our primary concern in any incident is
always that of community safety. For us, one escape is too many.
I want you to know what actions the Idaho Department of Correction
is taking to prevent future escapes. The Department immediately launched
a serious incident review to determine what went right and what went wrong
the day Inmate Jones escaped.
The report will include recommendations on what steps can be taken
to prevent escapes from NICI in the future. One question I specifically
asked the team to review is if another fence or more security is needed.
Another question the review will explore is why the automated telephone
notification system (VINE) continued to call citizens again and again.
The repeated phone calls served to heighten fears. We’re working to make
certain that issue is fixed. We’ll share the information on both those
questions and next actions with the community when the review is completed.
The Cottonwood facility continues to serve Idaho as a shining example
of how people can change their lives with guidance and education. The majority
of the men who go to NICI receive treatment, a GED and then are released
back to the community on probation.
NICI remains a proud part of the Cottonwood community. Thank
you for being our partner in protecting Idaho through safety, accountability,
partnerships and opportunities for offender change.
Brent D. Reinke,
Idaho Department of Correction Director
To the editor
The Idaho County Sheriff’s Posse provides valuable assistance in and
around the Camas Prairie area. Not only do they serve as an adjunct to
the Sheriff’s Office in each county but they present a positive face for
law enforcement in the area. The men and women who are part of this group
are to be congratulated for the commit of their valuable time and energy
in service to the county. Their assistance and presence at numerous events
in the area is to be appreciated.
On behalf of the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, I would especially
like to thank all of the members of the Idaho County Sheriff’s Posse for
their valuable assistance during our 17th Annual Raspberry Festival. They
provided safety and protection for our early morning runners and walkers
who traveled between the monastery and Keuterville in the Fun Run &
Walk. They also provided traffic monitoring and parking direction during
the entire day of the festival. It is this kind of yeomen’s service that
cannot be measured but helps to make our festival the success that it is
and this a wonderful area in which to live. Thank you all.
Lyle Wirtanen, Director
Historical Museum at St. Gertrude
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