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Gazette opinion: Too many inmates return to Montana Women’s Prison

Gazette opinion: Too many inmates return to Montana Women’s Prison

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.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Focus on life outside — Prison must reduce recidivism

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.

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Guest opinion: Corrections strives to cut recidivism with limited resources

Almost eight years ago, I came to the Montana Department of Corrections as someone who had watched and written about state government for nearly a quarter of a century.

May 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Counting DUIs: Offenders won’t elude their past

Montana law just got tougher for some repeat DUI offenders.

May 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Law must stop repeat DUI offenders

The Billings Gazette reports every week – sometimes every day – on individuals who have more than the four DUI convictions that constitute a felony offense under Montana law. Yet these people are still drinking and driving.

December 09, 2012 12:10 amLoading…
Success seen in Christian-focused prison program

Success seen in Christian-focused prison program

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A controversial program using Christian teachings to try to turn around the lives of hundreds of Minnesota prison inmates is working, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

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Gazette opinion: Court marshals community to rebuild vets' lives

Gazette opinion: Court marshals community to rebuild vets' lives

Twelve people sat around the jury table next door to a sixth-floor courtroom and a few more sat along the wall. Shortly after daybreak Wednesday, the Yellowstone County Impaired Driving Court and Veterans Treatment Court team assessed the past week’s progress and problems for 42 offenders. M…

February 19, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Programs work to prevent return to prison

Two Billings programs that give female prisoners the tools to keep them out of jail in the future have received major federal grants.

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