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Dog training tunnel turns out the lights for 1,300 on South Side

About 1,300 people on the South Side lost power on Thursday after a spokesman for NorthWestern Energy said an object from the Montana Women's Prison got caught in a power line, causing the line to short out.

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'Tired of struggling': Montana Women's Prison inmates learn new computer skill set

'Tired of struggling': Montana Women's Prison inmates learn new computer skill set

Fourteen women Thursday became the first graduates of a computer technology skills program, but they weren’t typical students.

May 29, 2014 4:15 pm Video Photos

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State to offer boot camp for women to settle discrimination claims

State to offer boot camp for women to settle discrimination claims

Montana's Department of Corrections will offer boot camp for female prisoners and cancel a mandatory treatment program that was criticized as degrading under a settlement announced Tuesday in a discrimination lawsuit.

October 29, 2013 1:24 pm Photos

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Corrections names new Montana Women’s Prison warden

Corrections names new Montana Women’s Prison warden

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.

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State opens 2nd health clinic for employees — in Billings

State opens 2nd health clinic for employees — in Billings

HELENA — The state this week opened its second health center that offers primary care and wellness services exclusively for state workers covered by its employee health plan — this time in Billings.

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Warden finalists named for Montana Women's Prison

The Montana Department of Corrections announced Thursday the selection of four finalists to replace the outgoing warden at Montana Women's Prison in Billings.

May 30, 2013 5:15 pmLoading…

Search for new warden at Montana Women's Prison continues

The Montana Department of Corrections received nearly 50 applications for the soon-to-be vacant warden position at Montana Women's Prison in Billings, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.

May 22, 2013 2:51 pmLoading…
Report faults management by former warden at Montana Women's Prison

Report faults management by former warden at Montana Women's Prison

A complaint filed by a state Department of Corrections employee led agency officials to take action against Jo Acton, who recently retired from her post as warden at Montana Women's Prison.

April 04, 2013 11:35 am Related

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Montana Women's Prison warden Jo Acton to retire

Montana Women's Prison warden Jo Acton to retire

Jo Acton, the longtime warden of the Montana Women's Prison, on Monday announced that she will retire.

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Montana Women’s Prison workers authorize strike

A union representing about 50 Montana Women’s Prison workers has voted to authorize a strike to resolve a dispute over an expired contract.

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Quilts ease pain of losing hospice patients

Quilts ease pain of losing hospice patients

At a workshop years ago, Ashley DiFronzo heard about quilts helping to ease the loss of a hospice patient.

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Billings woman pleads guilty to weapon charge

Billings woman pleads guilty to weapon charge

A Billings woman who spent five years in prison for tampering with evidence in a murder case pleaded guilty Friday in District Court to a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

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Montana Women's Prison deputy warden Bob Paul

Montana Women's Prison deputy warden Bob Paul

Bob Paul, deputy warden at Montana Women's Prison, shows the new greenhouse built on the prison campus.

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ACLU lawsuit says prison program discriminates against female inmates

A federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union accuses the Montana Department of Corrections of forcing female prisoners to participate in a degrading treatment program not required of male inmates— including mandatory singing and rounds of children's games like "Duck Duck Goose."

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Women's pre-release culinary arts program gets national recognition

Women's pre-release culinary arts program gets national recognition

On Tuesday morning at the Passages Women’s Center, success was a loaf of made-from-scratch focaccia bread, homemade ricotta cheese, crab and avocado mix and strawberry-rhubarb filling.

August 14, 2012 5:00 pm Photos

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Members of the Passages Women's Center culinary arts program che

Members of the Passages Women's Center culinary arts program che

Members of the Passages Women’s Center Culinary Arts Program cheer as Keith Kelly, Montana Department of Labor commissioner, recognized them in an award ceremony for the program Tuesday.

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Woman sentenced for biting police officer

A 38-year-old Billings woman was sentenced to prison Monday for biting the finger of a police officer when he tried to stop her from swallowing a bag of methamphetamine.

August 13, 2012 3:18 pmLoading…

Former corrections officer sues state, women's prison

A Billings woman who worked as a prison corrections officer while she was pregnant has filed a lawsuit alleging that she contracted a virus at the prison that caused neurological damage to her unborn child.

July 13, 2012 2:30 pmLoading…
College courses give hope to women in prison

College courses give hope to women in prison

Kelly Jeffries put her recent public speaking class to good use as one of the commencement speakers during Montana Women’s Prison graduation ceremonies Friday.

June 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Learning while in lockup

Learning while in lockup

Fourteen inmates in Montana Womens Prison graduate from Montana State University Billings' Pathways to Self-Sufficiency Program.

June 01, 2012 4:04 pmLoading…

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