About 75 percent of inmates at Montana Women’s Prison arrive addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Drug abuse is at the root of most of their crimes – illegal possession or stealing to support their habits.
Alta Littlelight is training her eighth dog in Prison Paws. She is one of 34 inmates whose good behavior has earned them a spot in the dog pod.
Montana’s only women’s prison is out of space. With a capacity of 194, it had 196 inmates on a recent weekday. Twenty-eight other inmates were being held in county jails, awaiting a bed at the prison on South 27th Street.
Too many of the women sent to the Montana Women’s Prison return. In recent years, between a quarter and a third of all inmates released, came back — most of them for violating conditions of their parole. Less than 4 percent were convicted of new crimes.
Pension snafu. An error in the new law that reformed Montana’s Public Employees Retirement System would cause employer and employee contribution increases to disappear too soon and would extend cuts in retiree benefits longer than intended.
Joan Daly, deputy warden for treatment services at the Montana Women’s Prison on South 27th Street, has been named the new warden, the Montana Department of Corrections announced Friday.
The Montana Department of Corrections announced Thursday the selection of four finalists to replace the outgoing warden at Montana Women's Prison in Billings.