In a sweeping change triggered by an internal review that revealed frustration and internal confusion over supervisory reporting structure, the Idaho Department of Correction announced today that it was eliminating one of its divisions and reallocating resources to provide more community supervision of offenders.
IDOC's new director Kevin Kempf
said the changes come in the wake of a review which revealed that personnel, both in central office and in the field, were "frustrated with a disjointed and confusing supervisory reporting structure, especially in the Education, Treatment, and Reentry Division.
"This frustration is not a reflection of anyone in this area," said Kempf. "It's simply a structural issue that has staff in the ETR division making decisions but not having the authority to carry them out."
As a result, Kempf has eliminated the division and shifted 15 positions to the field to provide direct services as probation and parole officers. Additionally, nine other IDOC staff are being shifted to other areas of the agency.