Montana State Prison

Ann Sherwood manages a new program on the Flathead Reservation aimed at keeping former inmates out of prison.
Elliott Natz

If you were plucked out of society right now, what would be there when you come back?

This was just one of the questions posed at a meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice on the Flathead Reservation on Tuesday.

Tribal program aims to ease transition after prison
Courtesy Two Rivers Authority

In Montana, nearly 40 percent of adults who’ve been to prison end up going back.

On Tuesday state and tribal leaders are meeting with U.S. Department of Justice officials to talk about how to turn that around.

Montana Legislature

A Democratic lawmaker wants to put limits on the use of solitary confinement in Montana prisons, but the warden of the men’s prison says it’s the only tool he has for dealing with some prisoners.

Representative Jenny Eck of Helena wants to place limits on how long, and for what reasons, a prisoner can be isolated from other inmates. 

Bill Proposes Housing Vouchers For Parolees

Jan 15, 2015
Montana Legislature

One of the conditions to be granted parole is that the individual have housing upon release from jail.

Clay Scott

Producer Clay Scott visits Montana State Prison, where Native inmates are taking part in a traditional sweat lodge ceremony. As they wait their turn outside the sweat lodge, they talk about life in prison, and their memories and dreams of life beyond the walls.

A civil rights organization filed a lawsuit Monday against the state over the treatment of mentally ill inmates at the Montana State Prison and at the Montana State Hospital.

Disability Rights Montana sued seven top officials with both the state Departments of Corrections and Health and Human Services, saying mentally ill inmates are “subjected to a cruel system that exacerbates, rather than treats and ameliorates their mental illness.”

  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.