Trivago.com, Travelocity and Hotels.com don’t hold a candle to the Idaho Department of Corrections when it comes to discount room rates.
In response to a request by the GUARDIAN, Ada County revealed that a recent inmate census showed 165 offenders held for IDOC (rider review hearings, court, waiting to be moved to IDOC to serve time, parole violation, etc.) There were also 73 with $62 rooms held for the U.S. Marshals Service. The sheriff told us the $62 rooms don’t have bigger beds or better meals. However, the Feds did contribute several million for jail cell construction several years ago.
Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett is seeking a grant of nearly $4 million from the McCarthur Foundation to cut down on the number of inmates and provide help to people with urgent mental health treatment at a secure diagnostic facility.
“It would be not only mental health evaluations, but medical evaluations, it would be a center where we could bring law enforcement together to really evaluate what the need is for the person we are dealing with,” said Bartlett.
Allumbaugh House was supposed to be a mental health and detox center, but contrary to political claims by Boise politicos, it is impossible for a cop to take a drunk passed out on the street anywhere but jail or the emergency room, thanks to restrictive policies at Allumbaugh House. See this ALLUMBAUGH post from three years ago.
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