With the recent news that the Idaho State Department of Corrections is offering the Idaho Seo training program to all state inmates, there is a lot of excitement in the state.
Idaho’s state government has also announced a $200 million plan to upgrade all prisons.
But for some, the training is a little different.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to go to the prison,” said Brittany Beecher.
“It’s going to be a big help to them, to the staff, to people in the community.”
Beecher has a son in the Idaho Department of Correction, and says the training has helped her keep track of her son’s case.
“The first time I saw it, I was like, ‘Oh, this is the first time that I’ve seen it,'” she said.
“It’s really nice that we can share information, it’s really helpful, especially with families, with the corrections staff, and with the inmates.”
Beucher has been in the training for about six months.
She was a little skeptical, but when she finally got her first day out of the prison, she was blown away.
“When I came out, it was just like, wow, this thing really is awesome,” she said, “like this is going to change my life for the better.”
Beauca Breen was released in February, after serving just three months in prison.
Breen is an employee of the Boise Office of Corrections and has been with the department for three years.
Breeze Breen, Beauca’s sister, has also been in Idaho’s prison system for more than a decade.
“If you are a mother, I’m sure you are really worried about your kids,” she explained.
“You’re just really worried that the next time they come to your house, it could be a nightmare.
It could be worse than what you’ve ever been through.”
Breen says she’s happy to be able to take her son, who was convicted of a violent crime and who has a long criminal record, to a new life.
“He is going into a program where we are going to get him a job and he’s going back to work and he can get a degree and maybe even a college degree,” she told RTE News.
“You can actually go back to where you were when you were 15 and have a better life,” she added.
“If you have children, they can go to college, and that’s really, really important.”
A lot of the time, inmates who want to go into prison do so to help the community, and Beauca Breezes case shows that she says she can do that.
“We are going there to help him and help him grow up, and I hope that’s something he’ll be proud of,” she concluded.