Montana State Jails
Located in the northwestern US, Montana is the largest of the 8 Rocky Mountain states and ranks 4th in size among the 50 states, bordered on the North by the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan; on the East by North Dakota and South Dakota; on the South by Wyoming and Idaho; and on the West by Idaho. With a population of approx. 1 million, the crime rate in Montana is about 22% lower than the national average rate.
Montana has 41 jail facilities in the state's 56 counties with a combined rated capacity of 2,177 inmates.
Population in Jail:
Property crimes account for around 91% of the crime rate in Montana which is 19% lower than the national rate. The remaining 7% are violent crimes and are about 43% lower than other states. Montana's second largest prison, the Crossroads Correctional Facility, was opened in September 1999 in Shelby, a town of 3,216, in the north-central part of the state. The state's largest prison is in Deer Lodge, located in the Deer Lodge Valley approximately 3.5 miles west of the town of Deer Lodge, the institution is designated to maintain a population of 1300 Adult Male offenders that are classified to one of six custody levels (Max, Close, Medium I, Medium II, Minimum I, and Minimum II). There are approximately 600 employees of which 320 are uniformed staff. The physical plant consist of three compounds, Max, High Side, and Low Side, which are contained within a 68 acre double fenced perimeter. Montana has a rate 17% lower than the national average of incarcerated adults per 100,000. In 2009 taxpayers paid $11, 268 per inmate- 61% lower than the national average. Montana’s average number of parolees per 100,000 people is 63% lower than the national, whilst their average number of probationers per 100,000 people, is 35% lower than the national.