IDOC New Training & Development Center: Director Josh Tewalt

Director Josh Tewalt was the visionary and driving force behind the success of this endeavor. Following the resolution of their correctional officer staffing crisis, the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) faced the challenge of certifying nearly 300 officers through the POST program. In a strategic move, IDOC acquired a 33,000 square foot building, establishing their inaugural Training & Development Center. This allowed them to centralize all training, including law enforcement certifications, in-house.

With a tight deadline of just over two months for renovations, 36 residents from the Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center and Nampa Reentry Center volunteered their time and effort to make it happen. The dedication and attention to detail exhibited by these residents were instrumental in ensuring the Training & Development Center was ready for its first academy in January 2024.

Following the success of the inaugural academy, the resident workers were invited back to the training center for a dinner event. This provided an opportunity for them to witness the completed space and receive personal thanks for their invaluable contribution. The collaborative efforts of Director Josh Tewalt and the committed residents truly made this achievement possible.



Here's how Maine's corrections commissioner wants to give inmates a shot at a better life

Since his time as commissioner, Liberty has been working to give inmates a shot at a better life. Whether it be access to medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, more programming and vocational opportunities, or overhauling the solitary confinement unit.

"It's all about outcomes," Commissioner Liberty said. "If the outcomes that we are trying to achieve are making Maine a safer state, making our community safer, this is how we make safe communities. We release people that are healthier, that are good citizens, and they don't return."

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