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.
Montana has seen a 100-percent increase in felony drug arrests since 2009. The number of criminal cases filed in District Courts statewide has exploded, with half of the growth the result of felony drug possession
Eight men shuffled into a classroom to spend 90 minutes learning how to stop abusing women.
The Montana Rescue Mission served meals to more than 600 people Thursday after managing to get its dining room and kitchen up and running two days before the holiday.