Montana State Prison

2015 Legislature
5:15 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Lawmaker Wants Limits On Solitary Confinement In Montana

Rep. Jenny Eck (D) HD79
Credit 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. 

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Parollee Housing
4:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bill Proposes Housing Vouchers For Parolees

Margaret (Margie) MacDonald (D), HD51.
Credit Montana Legislature

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

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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Inside Looking Out: Native Voices In A Montana Prison

Credit 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.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices," 12/29/14. Listen weekly on the radio on Mondays, 3:00 p.m., or via podcast.)

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2:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Group sues state over treatment of incarcerated mentally ill

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.”

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State Prison
3:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

ACLU alleging widespread mistreatment of mentally ill at state prison

  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.

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