The IAC Justice and Public Safety Committee is responsible for all matters relating to criminal justice and public safety, including, but not limited to, law enforcement, courts, corrections, firearm control, criminal justice planning, crime prevention, common law and civil law matters, public safety communications, jails, and juvenile corrections and delinquency prevention.
|Statement of Basic Responsibility||
Idaho’s counties have primary responsibility in the state for providing a justice and public safety system. Counties are best suited to coordinate local criminal justice activities since all major law enforcement agencies are located within county boundaries. Counties have primary responsibility in planning, coordinating and establishing priorities in allocating resources since they are faced with increased law enforcement and jail costs and additional standards imposed by the courts. Counties have an obligation to exercise a strong leadership role in planning and problem solving at the local level. It is essential that a partnership exist with other governmental entities to achieve success in meeting the needs of the justice system.
Court Fees and Fines
IAC opposes the establishment of any additional court fees or fines proposed to fund non-court programs unless sufficient money is returned to the county to offset the cost of operation. However, IAC strongly supports the use of fines and fees for the cost of providing the Peace Officer Standards and Training program, including the existing fee and any future fee increases.
Child Support Collection Laws
IAC strongly supports state responsibility for child support enforcement.
IAC supports the requirement that court reporters type their own transcripts as part of their salaries and acknowledge that the county owns the transcript.
Federal Peace Officers
IAC opposes legislation which defines federal peace officers as Idaho peace officers.
Law Clerk Salaries/Trial Court Administrators
IAC supports legislation that requires the state to pay the salaries and benefits of law clerks as employees as district court judges. In addition, IAC supports legislation that would require the state to pay the salaries, benefits and support costs for the support staff of the trial court administrators’ offices.
IAC supports the funding and encourages the Idaho Supreme Court to designate funding to update Idaho State Tracking and Reporting System (ISTARS) and continue to furnish equipment and training for counties that supports improved technology.
Court Assistance Office
IAC supports the creation of the Court Assistance Office program funded by the state and the efforts to improve courthouse accessibility.
IAC supports efforts to improve the jury system in Idaho.
Minimum Jail Standards
IAC supports the Minimum Jail Standards adopted by the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association and each county. IAC also supports the annual update of those standards to keep with current practices as long as the updated standards are financially feasible.
Since state inmates housed in county jails continue to pose a significant fiscal impact, staffing and liability burden on counties, IAC recommends the following:
Privatization of State Prisons
IAC opposes privatization of state prisons until all opportunities for county partnerships have been fully explored, including maximizing the use of state-funded program beds in county jails.
|Vicky McIntyre||Ada County Treasurer|
|Jim Tibbs||Ada County Commissioner|
|Lorin Nielsen||Bannock County Sheriff|
|Angenie McCleary||Blaine County Commissioner|
|Paul Christensen||Cassia County Commissioner|
|Jay Heward||Cassia County Sheriff|
|Clayne Tyler||Clearwater County Prosecuting Attorney|
|Chris Goetz||Clearwater County Sheriff|
|Lin Hintze||Custer County Commissioner|
|Dirk Bowles||Franklin County Commissioner|
|John Buck||Gem County Coroner|
|Denise Gill||Gooding County Clerk|
|Shaun Gough||Gooding County Sheriff|
|Charlie Howell||Jerome County Commissioner|
|Doug McFall||Jerome County Sheriff|
|Cathy Roemer||Jerome County Commissioner|
|Zachary Pall||Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney|
|Kim Muir||Madison County Clerk|
|Kimber Ricks||Madison County Commissioner|
|Todd Smith||Madison County Commissioner|
|Dan Spickler||Nez Perce County Prosecuting Attorney|
|Donna Peterson||Payette County Treasurer|
|Marc Shigeta||Payette County Commissioner|
|Kristina Glascock||Twin Falls County Clerk|
|Debbie Kauffman||Twin Falls County Treasurer|
|George Urie||Twin Falls County Commissioner|
|Betty Thomas||Washington County Clerk|
|Patti Bolen||Valley County Sheriff|