Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Idaho

I. Idaho Department of Labor

Contact:
Idaho Department of Labor
317 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83735
208-332-3570
208-334-6430 fax
Web Site: www.labor.state.id.us

Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

A. Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Contact:
Idaho Department of Labor
317 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83735
208-332-3570 ext 3325
208-332-7417 fax

B. Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact:
Idaho Department of Labor
317 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83735
208-332-3570 ext.3318
208-332-7417 fax

C. Unemployment Insurance Office
Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Unemployment claims may be filled out at any of the Job Service offices located around the state or on-line at the Idaho Department of Labor’s web site.

Contact:
Idaho Department of Labor
317 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83735
208-332-3570 ext. 3267
208-332-7417 fax
Web Site: www.labor.state.id.us

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II. Criminal Record Repository

This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

An individual should complete a Bureau of Criminal Identification Idaho Personal Criminal History Records Check form and attach a completed fingerprint card to obtain a certified copy of a criminal record. A $10 fee payable to the “Idaho State Police” is required as well. Forms are available from the web site listed below.

Contact:
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Idaho Department of Law Enforcement
P.O. Box 700
700 South Stratford Drive
Meridian, ID 83680
208-884-7130
208-884-7193 fax
Web Site: www.isp.idaho.gov/identification/

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III. State Attorney General

Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Contact:
Office of the Attorney General
Statehouse
700 West Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
208-334-2400
208-334-2530 fax
Web Site: www2.state.id.us/ag/

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Idaho Department of Correction

Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) is controlled by a three-member board appointed for a six-year term by the Idaho Governor. IDOC utilizes a team case management approach, including uniformed and non-uniform staff, as well as social services and psychological staff. Core programs include cognitive programs to encourage self change, living-social skill programs, substance abuse programs, pre-release and ancillary programs such as anger management, life skills and financial management. Offenders released on parole must participate in community release for at least six months prior to release. Few vocational training programs are available. IDOC relies on the Vocational Rehabilitation Program of Idaho to provide additional training.

Contact:
Idaho Department of Correction
1299 North Orchard Street
Suite 110
Boise, ID 83706
208-658-2000
208-327-7485 fax
Web Site: www.corrections.state.id.us

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V. Idaho Department of Parole/Probation

Idaho Commission of Pardons & Parole

Contact:
State Board of Parole and Pardons
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 83720
Statehouse Mail
Boise, Idaho 83720-1807
(208) 334-2520

Email: parolweb@idoc.idaho.gov

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VI. Legal Assistance

Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

A. State Public Defender

Courts in Idaho appoint attorneys as needed for indigent defendants.

Contact:

B. Legal Services

Contact:
Idaho Legal Aid
310 North 5th Street
Boise, ID 83701
208-345-0106

Contact:
Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program
P.O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701
208-334-4510

Contact:
University of Idaho, College Law School, Legal Clinic
208-885-6541

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation
P.O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701
208-334-4500
208-334-4515 fax
Web Site: www2.state.id.us/isb/

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VII. Local Service Providers

Community agencies are available to assist individuals with criminal records find employment. This information will inform individuals with criminal records about government agencies and community-based organizations that assist with employment, education or vocational training. Researchers and policy makers may find this information useful in identifying agencies and service providers in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) is a state agency governed by the Idaho State Board of Education. It has taken a proactive stance in assisting inmates transitioning back into the community and the world of work. The agency works with individuals with criminal records and the Department of Probation and Parole to obtain employment through vocational guidance and counseling, assessment, training, and job development and placement.

Contact:
Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
650 West State Street
Room 150
Boise, ID 83720
208-334-3650
Web Site: www.vr.idaho.gov/

IdahoWorks

The IdahoWorks Career Center is the primary point of access to more than 17 programs offered to meet the needs of workers, students and businesses. A variety of self-service options, a comprehensive resource center, and staff are available at each career center.

Contact:
Iowa Department of Labor
317 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83735
208-334-6112
208-334-6430 fax
Web Site: www.idahoworks.org/IW_career.shtml

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