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Cynthia Wolken

Cynthia Wolken is the new deputy director of the Montana Department of Corrections.
Montana Legislature

A Missoula Democratic state senator is leaving her seat and stepping into the role of deputy director of state corrections.

The Montana Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that Senator Cynthia Wolken was selected to help lead the department along with Director Reginald Michael.

Montana Department of Corrections

Tough decisions about state budget cuts are on the table before lawmakers in Helena Wednesday and Thursday. They’re facing a $282 million revenue shortfall.

A state agency facing some of the steepest budget cuts is Corrections, which stands to lose about $40 million.

This week, the topics of discussion from the Montana Legislature: a local option tax proposal and sentencing reform in the state’s criminal justice system.


The Montana Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill to help people get housing after they are released from prison.  The bill’s sponsor said taxpayers foot the bill, but the cost can be reduced.

Senator Cynthia Wolken, D-Missoula, said the Department of Corrections reported as of this morning about 120 people have been granted parole.


Missoula County Detention Center
Courtesy Missoula County Detention Center

Missoula city and county leaders want to know what the public thinks about their ideas reduce the county’s jail population.