The Idaho Falls Police Department and the Idaho Department of Corrections are working together to gather supplies for people who are re-entering their lives after being in jail or prison.
The donations are focused on getting participants clean hygiene items like toothbrushes and showering supplies as well as necessities like socks and bedsheets. Providing people with basic hygiene items like body wash, deodorant and toothpaste can help them be presentable when securing employment or housing, said Jessica Clements, the public information officer for Idaho Falls Police Department.
She said when people are released from jail or prison, they enter a variety of re-entry programs, but they often have little resources which can limit opportunities for success. Donations can be the difference between securing a job or not.
“The goal is to reduce the recidivism rate as much as we can,” Clements said.
The recidivism rate is the rate at which people return to jail or prison on new charges after serving their time for their old charges.
Clements said IFPD wants to support the efforts of those who are wanting to have their lives be better and to contribute to the community.
The re-entry program relies on donations to provide these kits to returning citizens.
There is a drive-thru drop off Thursday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4 - 6:00 p.m. at the parking lot in front of Best Buy in Idaho Falls.
For more information, you can go to their Facebook page for a list of items and additional drop-off locations.