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Robert Janss School
Education Bureau
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION
STATE OF IDAHO

Central Education Office
Idaho Department of Corrections
1249 N. Orchard Street
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 334-2013 Ext. 8
FAX (208) 334-2108

Robert Janss School
at Idaho State Correctional Institution
13400 S. Pleasant Valley Road
P.O. Box 14
Boise, ID 83707-0014
(208)424-3733
FAX (208) 424-3731

Robert Janss School
at Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino
Hospital Drive North #23
Orofino, ID 83544
(208) 476-3655
FAX (208) 476-4050 or (208) 476-9745

Robert Janss School
at North Idaho Correctional Institution
Star Route #3, Box 147
Cottonwood, ID 83522
(208) 962-3276
FAX (208) 962-7119

Robert Janss School
at south Idaho Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 8509
Boise, ID 83707
(208) 336-1260
FAX (208) 334-3239

Robert Janss School
at Idaho Maximum Security Institution
P.O. Box 51
Boise, ID 83707
(208) 338-1635
FAX (208) 334-4896

Robert Janss School
at Pocatello Women's Correctional Center
P.O. Box 6049
Pocatello, ID 83205-6049
(208) 236-6360 Ext. 262
FAX (208) 237-6362

Robert Janss School
At St. Anthony Work Camp
125 North 8th
St. Anthony, ID 83445
(208) 624-3375
FAX (208) 624-4125
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May 15, 2001
Mr. Mac Bledsoe, President and Founder
Drew Bledsoe Foundation
5 Lincoln Road
Foxboro, MA 02035

Dear Mac,

When I started work at the Prison School in the Idaho Correctional Institution (ICI-O) in Orofino in March of 1997, I realized there needed to be a Family and Parenting Education component to help students (inmates) focus on their priorities in life. I saw a need to blend academic and vocational education with their life skills and character building-Parenting with Dignity helped meet this need.

It has been over 2 years since we have included the Parenting with Dignity program into our Prison School curriculum at ICI-O. The interest in and results of the Parenting with Dignity coursework in our Family Values class has been overwhelming-307 students have completed the 20-hour course since January 1999. We have very few education staff in our school. We have combined the video series with our classroom training to maximize our instruction; we can work with other students while students watch the videos. In my 28 years of Education experience, Parenting with Dignity is one of the best video series, I have seen, that maintains a high level of attention of large groups of students without a facilitator in the classroom-this is unusual in a prison setting.

Our pilot project using Parenting with Dignity is expanding to other prison schools within our Adult Corrections system. The North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI), Idaho's prison diversionary boot camp, is, now, using Parenting with Dignity in their Life Skills Curriculum. Enclosed in this letter we are sending you student testimonials from NICI and ICI-O who have completed the course.

We work to provide information, education and hope to our students who have failed in society. Parenting with Dignity is a valuable component that assists us in preparing inmates for release from prison. Thank you for your support and keep up the great work.
Sincerely,

Jim Rehder,
Education Program Manager-ICI-O

 

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