BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has the sixth-highest growth rate for spending on corrections in the last 25 years, and with the state’s governor proposing a 12.1% budget increase for the Idaho Department of Correction, the department’s director says the state is at a “critical juncture.” Idaho increased spending on corrections by 207% between 1992 and 2018, according to a report released Thursday by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy in Boise. The report measured the rates by examining state corrections spending in general-fund dollars since 1992, and adjusted those numbers for inflation, the Idaho Press At least some of that spending is the result of policy decisions the Idaho Legislature made in the last 40 years, according to the report. For instance, Idaho is one of only three states in the country — alongside New Hampshire and Nevada — where inmates are required by law to serve 100% of their fixed terms, which is the result of truth-in-sentencing legislation passed in the 1980s, according to the report. Idaho also passed mandatory minimum sentence requirements for drug trafficking offenses in 1992, and the state also has a persistent violator or “three strikes” law, which requires a mandatory minimum five years… Read full this story
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