The Idaho Department of Correction announced today that it plans to close its low-security work center in Twin Falls come August. Inmates not scheduled to be released in June or July will be transferred to other facilities.
IDOC Director Brent Reinke said the demand for low-security work centers has gone down as more offenders are sentenced to drug and alcohol treatment programs and the prison population growth slows.
"Over the past four years, we've succeeded in slowing the explosive growth rate that was under way with idaho's prison population," said Reinke. "Now we have to adapt to a new type of inmate population, and closing this work center is one way we're doing that."
The shutdown of the 81-bed facility is expected to save IDOC approximately $1 million a year. The savings will be used to reduce the amount of unpaid time off IDOC employees will be required to take in the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
The Twin Falls Community Work Center opened on Sept. 21, 1993. IDOC operates four other community work centers, two in the Boise area, one in Nampa and one in Idaho Falls.