Idaho's Department of Correction faces a tough 2011. Legislative auditors warn the state's prisons are dangerously understaffed. The agency has a 24% turnover rate in the ranks of its correctional officers. Work stations go unstaffed because of furloughs and budget cuts. And yet, the rate at which Idaho offenders return to prison after release is among the lowest in the nation, and the prison population has gone down the last two years.
Host Joan Cartan-Hansen reviews the status of this vital state agency and what additional budget cuts may mean for public safety. Cartan-Hansen will be joined by Correction Director Brent Reinke and Chief of Operations Kevin Kempf.