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     Idaho Statutes

Idaho Statutes are updated to the website July 1 following the legislative session.


20-209G.  authority to investigate and issue subpoenas. (1) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(a)  "Correctional facility" means any prison, correctional facility or mental health facility operated by the department of correction and any public or private correctional facility in which department of correction prisoners are housed pursuant to contract, including a county jail;
(b)  "Department of correction prisoner" means any person housed in a correctional facility who has been committed to the custody of or who is under the supervision of the department of correction by way of a judgment of conviction or court order, including the following:
(i)   Prisoners committed to the department to serve criminal sentences;
(ii)  Persons committed in relation to their fitness to proceed at trial pursuant to section 18-212, Idaho Code;
(iii) Prisoners over whom a court has retained jurisdiction pursuant to section 19-2601 4., Idaho Code;
(iv)  Prisoners serving discretionary jail time as probationers or parolees;
(v)   Parolees arrested pursuant to sections 20-227 and 20-1007, Idaho Code, and are awaiting a determination regarding violation or revocation of their parole;
(vi)  Civil commitments pursuant to section 66-329, Idaho Code; and
(vii) Persons committed to the Idaho security medical program pursuant to section 66-1301, Idaho Code.
(c)  "Documents" means any writings, charts, records, recordings, electronic records or data, photographs, tangible things, drawings or diagrams of any sort whatsoever.
(2)  In furtherance of the duties set forth in this chapter and department of correction rules, the director of correction shall have the authority to:
(a)  Investigate crimes, criminal enterprises or conspiracies, violations of state law or administrative regulations, disturbances, riots and the introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, where such activities involve department of correction prisoners;
(b)  Investigate waste, mismanagement of state resources and violations of laws, regulations, policies, directives or procedures by employees of the department of correction; and
(c)  Issue subpoenas for the production of documents which may be relevant to such investigations.
(3)  If a custodian of documents refuses to produce any document required by a subpoena issued pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, the director of correction may petition the district court in the county in which the custodian resides or does business, setting forth by way of sworn affidavit the reasons supporting issuance of the subpoena and why the documents sought are necessary for the investigation, that due notice has been given of the time and place of production of said documents, that the custodian has been properly summoned and that the custodian has failed and refused to produce documents required by the subpoena and may request an order compelling the custodian to produce the documents.
(4)  Upon the filing of such petition and affidavit, the court shall enter an order directing the custodian of documents to appear before the court at a time fixed by the court, but not more than ten (10) court days from the date of the order, and to show cause why the custodian has not produced the documents and why he should not be required to produce the documents. The court shall serve a copy of the order upon the custodian. If it appears to the court that the petition is adequately supported by affidavit, the subpoena was regularly issued by the director of correction and regularly served upon the custodian, and that there is not good cause for the custodian’s failure to produce the documents, the court shall order the custodian to produce the required documents at a time and place fixed by the court. If the custodian fails to obey the court’s order, he shall be dealt with for contempt of court.
(5)  When documents are sought from a custodian who is not a resident of this state or who has his principal place of business in another state, the director of correction is authorized to obtain subpoenas issued by the clerk of the district court of Ada county. The clerk of the district court shall open a court file, provide a case number and issue the subpoena under the seal of the court. The subpoena shall specify those documents required to be produced.
(6)  The department of correction shall cooperate with local law enforcement and other local, state or federal law enforcement agencies during the conduct of any investigation arising out of the powers and duties set forth in this section.

[20-209G, added 2009, ch. 45, sec. 1, p. 126; am. 2021, ch. 196, sec. 25, p. 540.]

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