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About Montana Department of Corrections

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The Montana Department of Corrections' mission is to provide a safer state by being accountable and giving rehabilitation and empowerment opportunities. Montana DOC, the 3rd largest department in the Montana state government, has approximately 1500 staff members. These members include correctional officers, nurses, and probation and parole officers who provide offenders with the tools necessary for their rehabilitation process.  

To ensure the safety of Montana citizens, the DOC houses offenders in the correctional centers located across the state. The department operates four state-run correctional centers and 18 contracted facilities. The facilities include treatment and prelease, secure, and assessment facilities.  

According to the Department's Offenses and Sentencing data, most offenders in Montana correctional facilities are in prison for criminal possession of dangerous drugs. In 2020, the correctional centers recorded an intake of 625 females and 1,115 male offenders for drug possession crimes. The other top offenses in the state are criminal endangerment, theft, and Driving Under the Influence. With these statistics, the department provides robust programs and services to rehabilitate and change the lives of all offenders who pass through their system. 

The Montana Correctional Enterprises is the DOC's division responsible for providing educational, vocational, and on-the-job training to inmates in Montana. MCE's mission is to teach, train, and transform lawbreakers through the continuum programs and services it provides.  

Montana DOC Facilities  

The Montana DOC runs several correctional institutions which assist in making Montana safe from lawbreakers. The DOC facilities are in the following categories: 

The Probation and Parole Division  

The Probation and Parole Division supervises about 10,500 offenders on probation, parole, or supervised release. The courts and the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole are accountable for placing offenders on probation or parole. Interstate Compact also works in conjunction with this division to facilitate the interstate movement of probationers and parolees. Interstate Compact supervises Montana offenders serving parole in other states and offenders who have relocated to Montana.  

Montana’s DOC uses an individual case management approach while supervising offenders in the community. This approach seeks to: 

The DOC provides the Transitional Assistance and Rental Voucher Fund to support further inmates released to the community. The Rental Voucher Fund provides housing solutions to qualified offenders who the authority has released from facilities on parole. Each year, the DOC allocates $200,000 to assist inmates with up to three months of house rent after being released on parole.  

Transitional Assistance Funds ($400,000) are for offenders reentering the community through conditional release, parole, probation, and community corrections programs. These funds support offenders while under supervision. Individuals can apply the fund for uses like transportation, housing assistance, program costs, or treatment.  

Montana Correctional Enterprises 

The Montana Correctional Enterprises promotes the success of offenders under the custody of Montana DOC and promotes the safety of the public members. MCE provides educational programs, transitional services, and work experience to help incarcerated individuals become productive, law-abiding community members after their release.  

MCE provides the following inmate programs: 

Agriculture Programs  

MCE has 38 000 acres of land, which they use to raise about 1,650 head of black Angus cattle. This range provides inmates with training in range management, horse-shoeing, horsemanship, and herd management. Herd management includes breeding, calving, branding, vaccinating, and marketing. Additionally, MCE milk about 100 Holstein cows every day. They then use the milk to produce milk products like butter and cheese while selling the excess to a cooperative in Montana. 

To support the range and dairy program, MCE plants grass, barley, and oats on 2,800 acres. Inmates assist in irrigation while learning the various agricultural practices on the farm.  

Community Works Programs  

The community service projects assist government agencies and nonprofit organizations to receive services at no cost. But most importantly, it equips offenders with work ethics and job skills. MCE partners with Montana's Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to engage inmates in the Wildland Fire Crew and Fire Kitchen Crew. The crew members assist the public when the public reports wildfire cases.  

Dog Training Program (Prison Paws) 

Prison Paws is a dog-training program that operates at Montana Women's Prison. The program provides dogs with basic obedience training, grooming, and boarding services. The Prison Paw supervisor and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer show inmates to train dogs, dog grooming, and canine health and wellness.  

Educational Programs  

MCE provides several educational programs to offenders depending on their needs. These programs include: 

Industries Programs 

MCE's industries program has several production trades shops which equip inmates with job skills, soft skills, and an opportunity to receive industry-recognized credentials. The industry's shops include furniture, sewing and upholstery, garment graphics, and print and sign shop. MCE sells the products to government agencies and nonprofit organizations.  

Keeping in Touch with Montana DOC Inmates  

The department of corrections recognizes the importance of prisoners being in touch with family members and friends. In this regard, Montana DOC offers the following methods for loved ones to keep in touch with inmates: 

Montana DOC Offender Locator  

Montana DOC inmate search provides information on offenders under the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections. Though the department ensures that the data is accurate and complete, it is essential to verify information from the DOC offender locator. 

 You can search using the inmate's name (official or aliases) or the DOC ID number. Alternatively, you can try the provided demo to understand further how the Montana prisoner lookup database functions.  

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