Mike Batista

  The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana has written a letter to the state alleging widespread mistreatment of mental illness in both the Montana State Prison and state hospital.

  The Montana Department of Corrections is expanding a notification system which allows victims of crimes to know the whereabouts of their offenders.

The Victim Information and Notification Everyday system, or VINE, allows victims to receive phone calls, texts or emails about changes in the custody status or location of any adult felony offender in the corrections system.

The system started tracking offenders on probation and parole late last year, which adds the movements of 84-hundred people to the system.

MT Department of Corrections

This has been a busy time at the Montana Department of Corrections. Agency officials say they're working on a variety of projects and initiatives, while at the same time maintaining day-to-day operations. 

In this final segment of a two part series, Edward O'Brien speaks with Corrections director, Mike Batista and Department of Corrections American Indian Liaison, Harlan Trombley, about a variety of topics including what,  if anything, can be done to stem problems associated with poverty and high drug and alcohol abuse rates:

MT Department of Corrections

This has been a busy time at the Montana Department of Corrections. Agency officials say they're working on a variety of projects and initiatives, while at the same time maintaining day-to-day operations. 
       In this first of a two-part interview, Edward O'Brien speaks with Corrections Director, Mike Batista and

New Women's Prison Warden to take over next week

Jun 21, 2013
Montana Department of Corrections

The Montana Department of Corrections announced the hiring of a new Warden for the Montana Women’s Prison on Friday.