TRUST program expands drug treatment in Montana
The State of Montana has contracted with six treatment providers to pilot an integrated, evidence-based program to expand the State's capacity to treat stimulant use disorders, such as methamphetamine use.
Boulder correctional facility to shift focus
The Montana Department of Corrections announced Wednesday it will close by Oct. 9 the Riverside Recovery and Reentry Program, where a trauma-informed rehabilitation program is currently available to incarcerated women, and convert the Riverside Correctional Facility...
Gazette opinion: Fixing Montana’s revolving prison door
Just five years ago, the Montana Department of corrections had an average daily population of 8,375 offenders on probation or parole. Read the story here
Victims tell offenders how crimes have changed their lives: “The hurt’s never going to go away”
Jordan Schmitt stood face-to-face on Tuesday with Scott DuPuis, who lost his brother to a DUI crash in 2009. Read the story here
Criminal offenders get credit cards, learn money management in Billings prerelease program
A program that secures personal credit cards for criminal offenders in Billings recently passed its one-year mark, with those involved saying it paves the way for more successful re-entry. Read the story here
Temperate day makes Polar Plunge a bit more bearable
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. Read the story here
Inmates get in touch with their creative side to support Festival of Trees
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. Read the story here
Suit giveaway aims to help men find affordable work clothing to help them land jobs
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. Read the story here
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 you are concerned...
Montana launches ambitious sentencing reforms to slow the growth of prison population
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. Read the story here
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