LeRoy Kirkegard, warden at Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge, is pictured outside the prison on Thursday. The prison is reviewing and tightening its policies to prevent prison escapes.
DEER LODGE — An escape from Montana State Prison this summer that ended in the shooting death of the inmate in Billings has prompted prison officials to tighten security procedures and search tactics.
HELENA — A legislative panel Friday endorsed most of the state Corrections Department’s requested $30 million budget increase for the next two years, but did not approve any pay raise or increased staffing for correctional officers at the Montana State Prison.
HELENA — The Montana State Prison has 37 vacancies for correctional officers, and a pay raise is badly needed to help recruit and retain for what’s already a difficult job, the prison’s warden told a legislative budget panel Wednesday.
HELENA — Montana native and Las Vegas detention official Leroy Kirkegard was named Tuesday as the new warden at Montana State Prison, becoming the first new warden at the prison in 16 years.
HELENA — The first new state prison warden in 16 years is likely to be chosen this month, and state Corrections Director Mike Ferriter says he’s not looking for anyone to “come in and make drastic changes.”
Three finalists for the position of Montana State Prison warden participated in formal interviews and toured the Deer Lodge facility Friday, final steps in the selection process that has been under way for several months.
HELENA -- State corrections officials have interviewed three finalists for the position of warden of the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.