IFPD and IDOC Partner for Re-Entry Hygiene Kit Drive
Idaho Falls, ID – The Idaho Falls Police Department is partnering with the Idaho Department of Corrections Re-Entry Program on a Hygiene Kit Donation Drive. IFPD is hoping to collect basic hygiene items that the Re-Entry program can then provide to past offenders who are re-entering the community.
“The idea is that by helping people get started on the right foot,” says Jessica Clements, Idaho Falls Police Public Information Officer, “Hopefully we can help reduce their likelihood of reoffending and help people who are working to become successful contributing members of our community.”
When people are released from incarceration they are often starting over. The goal of the Idaho Department of Corrections’ Re-Entry Program is to increase public safety and reduce recidivism (the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend). The Re-Entry program does this by assisting returning citizens with the transition from inmate to community member.
Providing people with basic hygiene items like body wash, deodorant, and toothpaste can help them to be presentable when securing employment or housing, and taking other productive steps. The Re-Entry program relies on donations to provide these kits to returning citizens.
IFPD and IDOC personnel will be collecting these items at a “Drive Through Drop Off” location this Thursday, September 3rd from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. This will be at 2400 S 25th East, in the parking lot in front of Best Buy closest to 25th East.
People can also drop off items they wish to donate at the following locations from Wednesday, September 2nd – 9th during business hours.
- Bonneville County Law Enforcement Building – IFPD Desk 605 Capital Avenue
- Idaho Falls City Hall Lobby 308 Constitution Way
- Idaho Falls City Hall Annex 680 Park Avenue
The IDOC Re-Entry program is currently in need of the following items for men and women.
- Shampoo/Conditioner (2-in-1)
- Body Wash (Liquid, not bar soap)
- Nail Clippers
- Shaving Razors
- Shower Shoes (Flip-flops)
- New Underwear
- New Socks
- New Bed Linens (Twin/Full)