With temperatures in the mid-40s and little wind, Saturday’s fundraiser for Montana Special Olympics might have been called the slightly-more-bearable Polar Plunge.
Of the 40 trees set to be part of the 2017 Festival of Trees at the MetraPark Expo Center this weekend, one had its beginnings at the Passages correctional facility for women.
If clothes help make the man, dozens of Billings job-seekers will stride confidently into their next interview after Thursday’s Suited for Success event.
The State of Montana is facing $40 million in cuts to the corrections budget. This includes $16 million from “secure” facilities (Montana State Prison and Montana Women’s Prison) and $14 million from community supervision (probation and parole). If you are concerned that $40 million dollars in corrections cuts sounds draconian, you are correct!
From prisons to pre-release centers to probationary supervision, Montana has 15,000 criminal offenders on the books – an amount projected to grow in coming years, even though crime rates have been relatively stable or declining.