BOISE — The Idaho Department of Correction has named new wardens for two correctional facilities in the South Boise Correctional Complex.
Keith Yordy will serve as warden of Idaho State Correctional Institution, a 1,652-bed, medium-security, mens prison. Yordy joined the department in 1986 as a correctional officer at ISCI. He went on to serve in various positions at Pocatello Womens Correctional Center, Idaho Maximum Security Institution and ISCI. For the past five years, Yordy has been working as deputy warden of security at ISCI.
Yordy succeeds Warden Randy Blades, who in January was selected to serve as warden of Idaho Correctional Center when the state assumes operation of the 2,080-bed facility on July 1, 2014.
The privately run Idaho Correctional Center prison has been the subject of multiple lawsuits alleging rampant violence, understaffing, gang activity and contract fraud and some of the lawsuits have resulted in federal court orders to improve conditions. On Jan. 4 Gov. Butch Otter announced plans for the state to take over the prison when the $29 million-a-year contract with Corrections Corp. of America expires on June 30.
Noel Barlow-Hust will serve as warden of South Boise Womens Correctional Center, a 284-bed treatment and transition facility for women. Barlow-Hust joined the department 13 years ago as a correctional officer at IMSI. She went on to work in various positions at South Idaho Correctional Institution, ISCI and Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino, where she currently serves as a deputy warden.
Barlow-Hust succeeds Warden Shannon Cluney who was recently named deputy chief of IDOCs Division of Prisons.