BOISE -- The Idaho Department of Correction has renamed the road leading to Boise's prison complex in honor of a long-time lawmaker who is retiring after 30 years.

Sen. Denton Darrington of Declo, has chaired the Idaho Senate's Judiciary and Rules Committee for years, shepherding many of the laws that have shaped the state's correctional system including one creating minimum terms for sentencing.

Idaho Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke announced Friday that the road through the South Boise Prison Complex will now be named Darrington Way in the senator's honor. Reinke said Darrington has done more than anyone in recent history to protect Idaho residents and hold offenders accountable.

The 71-year-old Republican isn't seeking re-election because re-drawn district boundaries would have him running against a friend, Sen. Dean Cameron of Rupert.

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