Montana will lead U.S. in growth of inmate population – Report
HELENA – Montana will see the fastest prison population growth rate in the nation over the next five years unless it changes its current sentencing and prisoner release practices, a study released Wednesday predicted.
Nine of the top 10 states with the fastest projected inmate population growth rates are in the West.
The report, published by the Public Safety Performance Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, predicted that Montana’s prison population to grow by 41 percent from 2006 to 2011. Most other Western states – including Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii – are projected to see an inmate population.
Montana Department of Corrections • 1539 11th Avenue
Helena, Montana 59620 • 444-3930 • Fax: 444-4920
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007
CONTACT: Bob Anez, communications director, 444-0409
Report: Inmate growth slow, parole numbers rise rapidly
Montana’s trend toward greater use of community corrections programs and less dependence on prison is demonstrated in a new report released by U.S. Justice Department.
In 2006, Montana had the nation’s 17th lowest growth rate in the number of inmates under state jurisdiction and had the 4th highest increase in the number of offenders on parole, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The state also had the 13th greatest increase in the number of offenders on probation.
Also, Montana’s incarceration rate for state and federal offenders continued to be significantly below the national average. The report said the rate in Montana was 374 per 100,000 residents, compared with 501 for the country. That means Montana’s rate was 25.4 percent less than the U.S. average. Only 21 states had a lower rate.
“This report shows the results of the state’s policies designed to put more emphasis on alternatives to prison,” said Mike Ferriter, Department of Corrections director. “Only 16 states have a lower growth in prison populations and that hasn’t happened by accident. “Our goal is to do all we can to ensure only those who need to be in prison are in prison, as a matter of ensuring public safety,” he said.
Well, let’s see how that document measured from December 2007.
Montana’s Incarceration Rates By Counties Per 100,000 Residents
Montana Do You See Those Numbers? Now go back and read that statement from the Department of Corrections. Something is not right. Slowest growing? Low rates? With a population the size of Montana? Oh come on now. Is this what they have had you believing all along? Until Now!
What happened here? This did not decrease. It jumped higher! And they want to make it even higher per 100,000 Montana residents. Would someone from another state really want to move here with their business? With a police state such as this that is running rampant with corruption? I don’t think so.
Maybe here is a little reason why our incarceration rates are so high. Anytime when you base incarceration as dollars and cents…stating that it is a business as Broadwater County stated well, you are going to have prisons for profit. http://montanacorruption.org/2012/05/13/montana-incarceration-its-business-its-dollars-and-cents-and-its-jobs-direct-quote-to-law-and-justice-committee/
Example Salaries: http://www.montanapolicy.org/main/page.php?page_id=5
Finally there is a website that is holding our state more accountable on transparency. Remember Montana was graded “F” on transparency. There is a reason why.
Scroll down on this website and look on the left hand sidebar to OPENGOVMT.ORG now click on that picture of it. (I cannot publish salaries on here as each person has to agree to not use it for public use when they log into it. But if you are curious and really want to know….I believe hardworking Montanans would really like to see where their taxes are going.) When you get to the salaries, go to Corrections and click all then you want to look at 500 results. After you made your criteria selection click on create report. Many of us were stunned speechless when we saw some of these salaries.
Inmates are suffering, their families are going bankrupt. They treat the families like they are criminals also and now they have taken visiting privileges from a certain segment for no reason. They endangered the inmates lives when they did this. Inmates committing suicide, inmates dying from non-treatment. Hopeless inmates and families of there ever being a release date. It does not matter what Department of Corrections states. It does not matter what the Parole Board states. These are the actual figures. Montana, we should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing this to happen under our watch! Who is eating the “pork” and who is eating the “beans” in this state?
Something more of interest.
Montana Pork Report
MPI’s Pork Report, State Spending Growth, and Budgeting for Fiscal Discipline studies and other conference materials are available here . We released all of these reports during the Legislative Forum in Helena November 16th.
Go to our Legislative Forum information page to see what you missed.
Got your own Pork to Report? Go to MPI’s transparency information site BigSkySearch.info and tell us what should be included in the next edition. You can also learn a lot more about how other state governments are keeping their taxpayers informed while ours is more interested in spending money than accounting for it.
Again Source Is: http://www.montanapolicy.org/main/page.php?page_id=5
This is what has happened in the last 4 years. Know where your candidates stand on these issues. This is your tax money, where some of it should and could be in your wallet.
Governor Brian Schweitzer on Citizens United and the Anti-Corruption Act. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434/#48031582
And the Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Attorney General Steve Bullock are concerned about Citizens United? No wonder no one wants to answer the questions on the corruption that is going on right now. Politicians manipulating the language. Governor Brian Schweizter and others in the states departments don’t already own the media and so forth? Corruption is still rampant despite the Anti-Corruption Act. They just have their bribes in kick-backs, promotions, salaries, side deals. One thing is being said at the front door while the corrupt money sneaks in the back door. Let’s just ask the question up front. Has there been any politician that has been honest? As I have stated over and over, I don’t care about the party affiliation, I care about the corruption. If they are corrupt, they need to be out of there. All of these issues are used to distract citizens while they sneak about and do their business. Ask the questions. Do your research. This is the future we are talking about, the future of your children. We have been giving you the documentation and the information. Hold your officials accountable. They work for you!