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Up to 250 Idaho inmates to be sent to Texas due to bed shortage

A shortage of beds in Idaho's prisons and jails is causing the Idaho Department of Correction to send up to 250 male inmates to Texas. (KBOI File Photo)

A shortage of beds in Idaho's prisons and jails is causing the Idaho Department of Correction to send up to 250 male inmates to Texas.

The inmates will be sent to a correctional center in Karnes City.

Inmates will be held temporarily in Texas while the department seeks a long-term agreement with a prison-bed provider.

The inmates being sent to Texas are classified as medium custody.

The date and time of their scheduled movement will not be announced publicly due to security reasons. Inmates will have access to contact they families upon their arrival at the Karnes County Correctional Center.

Karnes County Correctional Center is a 550-bed facility. Idaho Department of Correction's Contract Overnight Unit will monitor the Texas facility's operation in person and onsite to make sure it meets standards.

The department’s contract request is for up to 1,000 beds for up six years, and the contract is expected to be finalized March 17 of this year.

“We wish we didn’t have to send inmates out of state; we know it creates challenges for the inmates, their families and our staff,” says Henry Atencio, director of the Idaho Department of Correction. “But as Idaho grows, so does the size of our prison population, and we simply have no more room here at home.”

Family members who have questions about any inmate incarcerated by the Idaho Department of Correction can contact the department’s Office of Constituent Services at 208-658-2134 or online at: http://forms.idoc.idaho.gov/Forms/ConstituentServices

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