Guest opinion: High cost of cutting corrections budget

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...

Gazette Opinion: Growing pains in Corrections

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 Read the story here