Department investigating inmate death as apparent suicide

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Posted at 6:07 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 12:30:52-04

BOISE, Idaho — The state Department of Correction says it is investigating what it calls the apparent suicide of an inmate at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution.

The department, in a release, says a corrections officer found 29-year-old Jason Boyd Ivey in his cell Friday afternoon.

The release says Ivey was pronounced dead Sunday at a Boise hospital.

His death is still under investigation.

Ivey is the second inmate to die at the Idaho Department of Correction in just under a week.

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37-year-old Chancey Lee Baker died by an apparent suicide Tuesday.

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Baker was facing accusations that he sexually abused a 10-year-old, and took part in kidnapping a woman and chaining her in a barn.

If you, or someone you know needs help, here’s a list of resources:

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline:

Phone: (208) 398-4357


Veteran's Crisis Line:

Phone: 1 (800) 273-8255 (PRESS 1), or you can text: 838255 to get help from professionals, 24/7.


Crisis Hotline:

Phone: 208-788-3596


211 Idaho Careline:

Phone: Dial 211 or 1-800-926-2588

Addiction hotline:

Phone: (888) 659-7510


Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:


Phone lists: