Prison Overcrowding: Idaho

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Idaho’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2008-2009

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget (FY 2008): $182.4 million

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 1,595
  • Total number of adult correctional institutions: 14
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 20,000
  • Escaped: 3
  • Average age: 36.7 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.


  • Facilities: 22
  • Population: 2,953

Quick Facts

  • Idaho’s prison population has dropped due to criminal justice reform; more inmates received GEDs and completed other programs in FY 2008 than any other year in department history.
  • There was an 11.5% increase of treatment programs completed from FY 2007 to FY 2008.

Points of Contact

Idaho Department of Corrections
1299 N. Orchard St., Suite 110
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 658-2000

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

Helpful Links

See also:

Iowa Prison Overcrowding