Printed on: January 10, 2013

Pocatello prison gets new warden

By Ruth Brown

The Idaho Department of Correction has hired Nancy Espeseth as the new warden of the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center.

Espeseth, who is currently manager of Probation and Parole District 7 in Idaho Falls, succeeds Jim Woolf.

Woolf now is serving as warden at St. Anthony Work Camp.

"Nancy has a long, proud track record of helping protect the quality of life in eastern Idaho," IDOC Director Brent Reinke said in a news release. "She's committed to holding offenders accountable while giving them opportunities to change."

Espeseth started work at IDOC in July 1999 as a correctional officer at the Twin Falls Community Work Center.

She became a probation and parole officer in July 2000 and a section supervisor in January 2008.

She was manager of District 6 Probation and Parole in August 2010 and manager of District 7 Probation and Parole a year later.

She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Idaho State University, IDOC spokesman Jeff Ray said.

Epeseth's first day as warden will be Jan. 20, Ray said.

The Pocatello Women's Correctional Center is a 289-bed facility that opened in 1994. It houses inmates of all custody levels, ranging from death row to community work release, according to the news release.

The facility also serves as the main reception point for all women entering the state's Department of Correction system.