February 9, 2006

Idaho Department of Correction (2006)

The director of one of the State of Idaho's largest agencies discusses his plans for the coming fiscal year. Tom Beauclair, director of the Idaho Department of Correction, joins Marcia Franklin to explain his agency's needs.

The department is requesting a total of nearly $162 million, a 16% increase over last year. More than $6 million would be allocated to pay counties and other states to house Idaho inmates. The department expects about 350 new prisoners will enter the system in the next fiscal year. Director Beauclair has also called for more community treatment facilities and higher salaries for prison guards.