Montana’s Prison Lust

Behind Montana Jail Fiasco: How Private Prison Developers Prey On Desperate Towns

Governor Brain Schweizter And Newly Governor Elect Steve Bullock Want More Inmates
Back In 2009 And Now 2013 Budget

This photo was used back in 2009 for an article on TPMMuckraker .  An excerpt from the article I found very interesting: 

With the unraveling of the deal for the shadowy American Private Police Force to take over and populate an empty jail in Hardin, Montana, it’s pretty clear that the small city got played by an ex-con and his (supposed) private security firm.

But an investigation by TPMmuckraker into how Hardin ended up with the 92,000 square foot facility in the first place suggests that, long before “low-level card shark” Michael Hilton ever came to town, Hardin officials had already been taken for a ride by a far more powerful set of players: a well-organized consortium of private companies headquartered around the country, which specializes in pitching speculative and risky prison projects to local governments desperate for jobs.

The projects have generated multi-million dollar profits for the companies involved, but often haven’t created the anticipated payoff for the communities, and have left a string of failed or failing prisons in their wake.

“They look for an impoverished town that’s desperate,” says Frank Smith of the Private Corrections Institute, a Florida-based group that opposes prison privatization. “They come in looking very impressive, saying, ‘We’ll make money rain from the skies.’ In fact, they don’t care whether it works or not.”

That last paragraph says it all.  Montana officials have been double faced about this.   Look at this article on Montana’s Incarceration Rates And The Salaries They Generate.    Here is an excerpt:

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.

Source:http://cor.mt.gov/content/news/NewsReleases/2007/BJSReport.pdf

That is what our state official Mike Ferriter, Director of Department of Corrections has stated.

Montana was 374 per 100,000 residents, compared with 501 for the country now Montana is 454 with a population of only 1 million for the whole state.   Excuse me?  

But according to the national studies this is what is stated.

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.

So, who is telling the truth?  Our state officials or the national studies?  It sure isn’t our state officials telling us the truth.  They told us it was going to go down. Instead it grew immensely.  Montana has the highest incarceration rate of any state surrounding us, except for Idaho which has all privatized prisons for profit and still is only slightly higher than Montana.

On November 15th, Marnee Banks made this statement:

Today Governor Brian Schweitzer releases his budget for the next 2 years. Governor Elect Steve Bullock will likely be using it as a framework for his own budget.

Governor Brian Schweitzer’s Budget 

Get this….he wants to build another prison!  Governor Elect Steve Bullock will likely be using it as a framework for his own budget?

Montana’s women’s correctional system is projected to be at 101.1% of capacity and the men’s correctional system at 98.8% of capacity by the end of the 2013 biennium. In order
to accommodate projected offender populations, the Executive proposes a three-point
solution:

1. Montana State Prison (MSP): In order to accommodate additional inmate
population, enhance safety, and minimize risk to the public and staff, the Executive
proposes to construct a 640 bed facility within MSP. This will add 100 beds to the
current facility without need for additional utilities or FTE. The appropriation for this
facility is contained in the Long Range Building Program (HB5).
2. Montana Women’s Prison (MWP): To combat both infrastructure issues and local
zoning restrictions, the Executive proposes adding funding for an additional 15 beds
in the women’s pre-release system, alleviating overpopulation concerns.
3. Re-Entry Initiative: The Schweitzer Administration has reduced the percentage of
Montanan’s incarcerated in “high-cost, low–yield” correctional facilities (one of the
highest rates in the nation) by emphasizing effect, less-costly community
corrections programs. An investment of $1.1 million in the Re-Entry Initiative is
estimated to save the taxpayers $58 million over the next 8 years by reducing
reliance on secure facilities, enhancing treatment and counseling options for
offenders, and taking additional precautions all while making additional investments
in the pre-release programs across Montana.

Department of Corrections

  • Initiating the Department of Correction’s “Re-Entry Initiative”, saving taxpayers approximately $53 million over 8 years
  •  Constructing a new 640 bed facility at Montana State Prison to house projected population growth
  • (See: Statewide Issues: Incarceration)
  •  Annualizing and increasing appropriation for community corrections, including expanding women’s pre-release beds (15) to accommodate projected population growth
  • Annualizing and increasing appropriation for secure facilities
  • Restoring zero-based overtime for secure facilities
  • Providing a 2% provider rate increase

You know what this is? ….BS…..yep…Baloney Statistics.  They have been trying to tell us that the population was decreasing, instead it increased.  They said it was going to cost less, they give us some dummy figures that don’t add up nor does the plan work out.  They talk about their “Re-Entry Initiative” but they have a 94% recidivism rate.  They said they were going to have less inmates but now they want to build a new facility to house “projected” population growth.   They are no better than that “low-level card shark” with their only concern about making kickbacks off of their deals.   Just how many Montanan’s can you keep locking up with such a small population?

So, Montana are you proud to be known as the state with the highest rate of suicide?  Do you now want to be known as the state with such a high incarceration rate too?  I thought Montanans were proud of their land, their cowboys, their wildlife.  I didn’t know that Montana would stoop to such a level of wanting to just make money off of their lower income citizens.  You wonder why so many are hopeless?  These citizens know that officials will throw them under the bus to make a buck off of them.  Governor Schweizter would have done well owning a slave plantation.  I forgot his ever famous response…”Sorry folks, my hands are tied.”   Pure BS style.  Is this where SB, governor elect Steve Bullock will pick up the same proverbial line?  I sure hope not for the sake of all Montana.  Allow Montana to have some dignity and class.

Montanan’s Yearning To Breathe Free

This is not about the Unions.   This is about the politicians.  I am tired of hearing things such as, 

Brian Schweitzer won his Governor’s elections without taking PAC money. Jon Tester won his US Senate election by standing up for Montana values, including the values in our Constitution. My campaign for Montana’s lone US House seat is based on the strategies of the successful Schweitzer and Tester campaigns.

I don’t take PAC money. I don’t sign pledges for special interest groups. I stand up for Montana values and our Constitution. This is what Montanans want. This is what works. Schweitzer won, Tester won, and the Montana Constitution was reaffirmed in 2010.         Stated by Rob Stutz

Source: http://mtcowgirl.com/2012/05/31/guest-post-how-democrats-will-win-the-us-house-race-in-november/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_

campaign=Feed%3A+MontanaCowgirlBlog+%28Montana+Cowgirl+Blog%29

The Citizens United case allows corporations to spend money advocating for or against candidates for federal office.

Bullock appeared on the show to talk about the issue, and his fight to maintain a 100 year old Montana law that bans direct corporate contributions to state political candidates.

He said the issue will determine the role citizens can play in the electoral process.

Bullock said, “Montana’s been a state that has had really high levels of individual participation, voting, things like that. Everybody being in Montana or elsewhere I think really feels that could be jeopardized giving this, the citizens united decision if its not revisited and put some side boards on it.”

Bullock filed a brief with the Supreme Court to uphold the Montana law.

Source: http://www.kxlh.com/news/mt-attorney-general-bullock-appears-on-rachel-maddow-show/

Anthony Johnstone, a UM law professor, special assistant to Bullock in the pending Supreme Court case, and panel moderator, read questions from the audience. Some wanted to know why corporate money in particular – and not money in general – can corrupt democracy.

Howell said corporations aren’t sentient beings, and the anonymity of a corporation exacerbates the problem. Bullock noted that 70 percent of publicly traded companies in the U.S. are owned by investors like retirement funds and pensions, and many people don’t know which companies they’re investing in.

Others wanted to know where to draw the line when it comes to the types of corporations that are regulated. Many media outlets are corporations for instance, and their job is speech.

“The lines might be drawn in a way that still protects a wide open dissemination of opinion and facts through the media,” Johnstone said.

In fact, he said it’s a line that’s never caused any trouble until Citizens United.

Some members of the audience wanted to know what they could do to help, and Loendorf said getting involved in public life is essential. He also shared the words of Thomas Jefferson: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/attorney-general-panel-discusses-montana-s-

history-of-corrupt-campaigns/article_f23d4a92-aad3-11e1-8bb1-0019bb2963f4.html

Yellowtail played down U.S. Justice Department accusations of connections between the union and the Mafia.

“We can allege all kinds of things, but until such time as there are convictions and there is proof, it’s a different matter,” he said. “I’m focused on the fact that unions use a democratic process to request endorsement and contributions. It’s the Montana roots of this support that’s valuable to me.”

Hill’s criticism stems from a 212-page draft racketeering complaint that the Justice Department used to force the Laborers’ general executive board to begin reforming the union in February 1995.

The complaint alleged Arthur Coia, who became union president in 1993, and three previous presidents dating back to 1926, “have associated with, and been controlled and influenced by, organized crime figures.”

It listed former Laborers’ officials and associates who have been convicted of Mafia-related crimes, including killings and kickback schemes. (Okay, now that is a  little scary.  But the Teamsters stopped privatized prisons in Florida.  It’s been hard to tell where they stand at here in our state of Montana.)

  • Now tell me what is the difference of these politicians receiving money from large unions or PAC money?  What about the fact yet again that Governor Schweitzer received funds from CCA the largest prison corporation in America?  What about all the kickbacks that are received from prisons for profit?  How can the Governor be proud of his fiscal stance with blood money? 
  • What about the issues of locking up men and women and leaving them so they can make money? Some that are innocent. Making more and more money from you the taxpayer.  
  • Attorney General Steve Bullock has allowed this corrupt judicial system happen on his watch.  He too has received out of state campaign funds.  Don’t allow Bullock to hoodwink you about these funds.  If that is the case there should be a ban on union funding and the biased media that seems to be controlled by this department. 
  • I am tired of hearing these double standards.  Montana do your homework.  Don’t just listen to slick campaign ads from anyone, Democrats or Republicans. They should just say what it is. All politicians get money from somewhere. All of the mudslinging gets tiring.   Research where the money has gone, research every area of our state Montana and see what has been accomplished and what has been swept under the rug.  Think for yourself.  Then vote for the candidates who has YOUR real interest at heart.   There are good candidates, not all are corrupt but don’t be lazy letting some of these candidates think for you.  I am tired of some of the media just trashing all candidates except their sweetheart politicians that have been getting away with too much.  Who funds the media in Montana and where do they stand politically?  Is it for their best interest or for yours? 

This is what has happened with Governor Brian Schweitzer and Attorney General Steve Bullock. Montana are you really proud of this?

Montana’s Poor – Montana’s Tired – Montana’s Huddled Masses – Montana’s Wretched Refuse – Montana Cowboys Sissified Sex Offenders – All For Profit. This is what they have made Montana look like.  A Sorry Lot. 

ACLU Challenges Corrections Corporation of America CEO to Public Debate About Prison Privatization

ACLU Challenges Corrections Corporation of America CEO to Public Debate About Prison Privatization

CCA stock 10 year chart

CCA stock 10 year chart (Photo credit: faul)

May 10, 2012

As Company Gathers Today for Annual Shareholders Meeting, Public Deserves Full and Fair Examination of For-Profit Incarceration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today challenged the chief executive officer of the nation’s largest private prison company to a public debate on the merits of prison privatization.

The challenge, timed with Correction Corporation of America’s annual shareholders meeting today in Nashville, Tenn., comes after CCA has repeatedly criticized the views of the ACLU regarding for-profit incarceration.

“We would welcome the opportunity to defend our views on for-profit incarceration in a public debate – one that also gives you a full and fair opportunity to express your views,” reads the ACLU’s letter, delivered today to CCA’s CEO Damon Hininger. “CCA’s recent public criticisms of the ACLU and others make clear that you disagree with many of our views on privatized incarceration. Your criticism, however, has taken the form of written statements which, unlike a public debate, do not allow for refutation or further discussion.”

Exempted from the Freedom of Information Act, CCA and other private prison companies are shielded from public scrutiny by a veil of secrecy, despite locking up nearly 130,000 prisoners and an additional 15,000 immigration detainees each year while receiving billions of taxpayer dollars.

CCA in recent years has voted down shareholder resolutions demanding accountability in political contributions, and the company’s management this year is seeking to kill a shareholder proposal for greater transparency in efforts to curb prison rape.

In March, CCA sent a letter to officials in 48 states announcing what it called a “corrections investment initiative,” in which CCA offered to purchase prisons from states so long as they contain at least 1,000 beds and the states agree to pay CCA to operate the prisons for at least 20 years and keep the prisons at least 90 percent full.

A report released by the ACLU last year revealed how private prison companies have capitalized on the nation’s addiction to incarceration to achieve gigantic profits. All the while, according to the report, mass incarceration wreaks havoc on communities by unnecessarily depriving individuals of their liberty, draining government resources and bringing little or no benefit to public safety.

The report also found that despite serious questions about the wisdom of privatizing prison systems, some members of the for-profit prison industry use shrewd tactics, including extensive lobbying, lavish campaign contributions and efforts to control information, to garner more and more government contracts and lock up ever-increasing numbers of people.

“We believe that the taxpayers who finance private prisons; the families whose mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are incarcerated in these facilities; and the communities where for-profit prisons are situated deserve more than sound bites,” the ACLU’s letter to Hininger reads. “They deserve a full, fair, and public examination of for profit incarceration.”

A copy of the ACLU’s letter is available online at:
www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/aclu-letter-corrections-corporation-americ…

The ACLU’s report on prison privatization is available online at:
www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/banking-bondage-private-prisons-and-mass-i…

Private Prison Showdown: Will CCA Go Head-to-Head with the ACLU?

https://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/aclu-challenges-corrections-corporation-america-ceo-public-debate-about-prison

CCA Is Prohibited From Making Donations To Political Campaigns

Dennis DeConcini

Dennis DeConcini – CCA Boardmember

Morals Before Profit

Activists demand that former U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini resign from a private-prison company’s board

“DeConcini said he made it clear that CCA is prohibited from making donations to political campaigns—although a campaign-finance report shows dozens of contributions from lobbyists who work for CCA and other private-prison companies to former State Sen. Russell Pearce, the main architect of SB 1070.

“The reality of it is that (CCA lobbyists) very well may give money, and I’m sure they do. I used to be a lobbyist. But CCA has a clause that prohibits the company from giving donations to politicians,” DeConcini said.

As an example, he mentioned CCA lobbyist Jaime Molera. “He did give money to candidates, but not at our direction.”

“Hernandez said that during the meeting with DeConcini, she told him about abuses she witnessed and experienced, including a lack of food, which forced prisoners to buy from the prison commissary; issues with medical care; and problems with guards and staff. According to Hernandez, DeConcini wanted more documentation. “He said he couldn’t speak for the workers because he doesn’t have contact with the workers,” Hernandez said.

Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa, also with Corazón de Tucson, said that although the ultimate goal is to get DeConcini to resign from CCA, they also want to educate the community on private prisons and how they have been used to detain immigrants. The group also is involved in a national campaign to pressure Wells Fargo Bank to divest from GEO Group, another private-prison company with facilities in Arizona.” And Florida.

To Read The Whole Article: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/morals-before-profit/Content?oid=3268846

Now why is it that there are many Montana officials that have accepted and are still accepting money for campaigns from CCA ?  I could make a list of names, including Governor Brian Schweitzer, and how about Attorney General Steve Bullock?  There are those that are running for political offices right now that are accepting money from this prison corporation that the corporation itself states that it is prohibited. But Steve Bullock wants to herald himself as the one that is fighting against big corporations funding campaign money. CCA is the largest corporation to be able to buy out 48 states of prisons! I don’t care if it is the corporation or the lobbyists themselves. Wrong is wrong. This is a major double standard.  Montana, how do you trust a prison corporation or the officials of the state that are accepting money and receiving campaign funds when it is clearly prohibited?   The ones that are suppose to protect you….that doesn’t sound like protection.  CCA wants to buy out 48 states of prisons with a 20 year contract for 90% occupancy.  This is not to help states, it actually costs more to the taxpayers to allow CCA to buy out the prisons.  It’s a big profit to Wall Street on the backs of Main Street yet again.  Not only our wallets, but literally on the slave labor of thousands of inmates.  We have over 7 million in the Department of Corrections System.  This is ludicrous!  America, we need to stand up to this!  Make sure you know where your candidates stand on this issue.  Let’s not allow them to play us for stupid any longer!! 

MONTANA MONEY

Money

Money In Montana

The Department of Corrections makes millions off the families of those incarcerated.  Yet, they come up with new ways to make more.  Inmates at Montana State Prison can no longer receive bibles that are donated to the chapel or from an outside publisher/bookstore.  They now are mandated to have family put money in their account and pay over $60 for a bible.  That is an outrageous price.  Why can’t they have free ones that are donated to the chapel?  Because it does not bring in revenue?    They implement new programs of what they will or will not allow.  There is talk about changing the little 7 inch tv’s that are bought for $150 dollars.  They will sell 13 inch tv’s for $200 dollars.  When that happens they usually make the inmate send the other one home and they have to buy the new one.  Even if they just bought the 7 inch one a week before the change.  If it is not sent home they are confiscated and either sold at the hobby shop or guards take them home.

Also, there is phone system that is used called Telemate. It is suppose to save money.  It is still about $5-$6 dollars a call for 30 minutes or less. Not only that, there seems to be higher charges at other times.  It adds up very quickly and does not make sense.  So, I called Telemate to verify this.  This is what the representative had to say.  They go by area codes.  It can change the rates.  I asked if I could get a copy of the billing (just like any other telephone company) they told me that they could not do that.  Only an inmate could request that.  I said “okay, how about the inmate requests it….such as a husband inmate for his wife to evaluate. since families are the ones that has to put the money on the account.”  “The reply was…..”Ummmm, no, that cannot be done.  You would need to get a subpeona for that information.”   Are you serious?  Money that the family is being charged, and they can’t let you see the billing without a subpeona?   Is this what we are going to have to do in the future for all of our bill’s to see what we are actually being charged? 

As you can see from the other article that I re-blogged Families are already spending $1.5 million for inmates in Montana alone. They keep looking for ways to squeeze blood out of a turnip.

 A young lady at the Law and Justice Committee testified that her husband was sentenced to prison for stealing a case of beer.  That cost under $17 dollars.  He has been in the system now 6 years.   She then reported the thousands upon thousands of dollars this has cost the taxpayers of Montana for welfare for her and her children and the thousands it has cost to house her husband.  Thousands compared to under $17.  

What do you think Montana?  Are you happy about your taxpayer money that is going for this kind of stuff when it could help feed your children, pay your household bills, do a few of things that you cannot afford to do?  Let’s start using some common sense.  This money is lining someone else’s pocket, but it’s not for the families in Montana.  Montanans deserve better than this. 

Civil Rights Cases filed in the Montana District Court

Parties Court Judge Type of Lawsuit Cause of Action
January 9, 2012
Cornell v. Missoula County et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Teuray Jeri Cornell. Defendant: Missoula County, Missoula County Commissioner, State of Montana, Attorney General of the State of Montana and Missoula County Sheriff and other.
January 20, 2012
DaSilva v. County of Cascade et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Robert A DaSilva, Jr. Defendant: County of Cascade, City of Great Fall and Great Falls Police Department.
Lanham v. Ferriter et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Thomas Creel Lanham. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Michele L. Steyh, Billie Reich, Benjamin Bouley, Sherry Glovan and other.
January 25, 2012
Shaw v. Fode MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Thomas G. Shaw. Defendant: Alvin Fode.
February 9, 2012
Taylor v. Kirkegard et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Kevin Mark Taylor. Defendant: Leroy Kirkegard, Ross Swanson and Major Wood.
February 10, 2012
Herman v. Ferriter et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Lyle Herman. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Leroy Kirkegard, Ross Swanson, Myron E. Beeson, Candice Neubeur and other.
February 9, 2012
Taylor v. Kirkegard et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Kevin Mark Taylor. Defendant: Leroy Kirkegard, Ross Swanson and Major Wood.
February 15, 2012
Damon v. McDermott et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Shawn T. Damon. Defendant: Bruce McDermott, John Parker, Steve Bullock, Brant Light, Scott Foster and other.
February 21, 2012
Horob v. United States et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Todd Kenneth Horob. Defendant: United State and Ryan Archer.
February 23, 2012
Henry v. Ferriter et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: William John Henry. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Leroy Kirkegard, Todd Boise, Rebecca McNeil, Elizabeth Rantz and other.
February 27, 2012
Wilcock v. Wilcock et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Ernest Brent Wilcock. Defendant: Brandi Wilcock, Holly Blouch, Randy Jone, Eleventh Judicial District Court, Montana Supreme Court and other.
March 5, 2012
Hussar v. Frink et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Wayne A. Hussar. Defendant: Martin Frink, Dassinger, Kloo and C/O Sturcio.
March 6, 2012
Plebst v. Frink et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Robert Glen Plebst. Defendant: Martin Frink, Todd Gianarilli, Christopher Rost, Liz Rantz and Ms. Shnee and other.
March 26, 2012
Maier v. Ferriter et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Lloyd Scott Maier. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Leroy Kirkegard, Tom Wilson, Linda Je, Tristan Kohut and other.
March 28, 2012
Horob v. Federal Bureau of Prisons et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Todd Kenneth Horob. Defendant: Federal Bureau of Prison and United States Department of Justice.
April 5, 2012
Hawkins v. Montana Governor’s Office et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Sherman P. Hawkin. Defendant: Montana Governor’s Office, Brian Schweitzer, Montana Board of Pardon, Mike McKee, Mike Ferriter and other.
April 6, 2012
Myers v. Grubb et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Glenn Myer. Defendant: Steve Grubb, Wayne Bye, Harlen Trombly, Cascade County, Mike Ferriter and other.
April 9, 2012
Bonck v. Yellowstone County Sheriff et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Lucien S. Bonck. Defendant: Yellowstone County Sheriff, Yellowstone County Detention Center, Nurse K, Sheriff Bell, Officer Leanord and other.
April 11, 2012
Detham v. Crossroads Correctional Facility MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Travis Detham. Defendant: Crossroads Correctional Facility.
April 5, 2012
Hawkins v. Montana Governor’s Office et al MTD Christensen Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Sherman P. Hawkin. Defendant: Montana Governor’s Office, Brian Schweitzer, Montana Board of Pardon, Mike McKee, Mike Ferriter and other.

Parties Court Judge Type of Lawsuit Cause of Action
October 7, 2011
Ochlech v. Schnee et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Charles William Ochlech. Defendant: Theresa Schnee, Todd Gianarelli and John and Jane Doe.
October 14, 2011
Little v. Beeson et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Al-Kaseem Little. Defendant: Myron E. Beeson and Mark Lochrie.
October 17, 2011
von Koenigsberg-Tyrvaldssen v. Dutton et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Ymir-Jule von Koenigsberg-Tyrvaldssen. Defendant: Leo Dutton, Summer Korth, Stephanie Catron, Ken Letz, Laurel Bulsor and other.
October 14, 2011
Meyer v. Boylan et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Timothy John Meyer. Defendant: Suzy Boylan, Dawn Kellmer, Joshua Van de Watering and M.C.D.F. Staff.
October 18, 2011
Pearson v. Ferriter et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Jesse Alan James Pearson. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Mike Mahoney, Montana State Prison and Montana Department of Correction.
November 2, 2011
Evans v. Swanson et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Anthony Evan. Defendant: Ross Swanson, Montana State Prison, Tom Wood, Denise Deyott and Matthew J. Saville and other.
November 4, 2011
Wells v. Cashill et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Gloria Well. Defendant: Jim Cashill, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department, State of Montana, Gallatin County, Jim Veltkamp and other.
November 16, 2011
Burns v. Dr. Kohut et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Brandon J. Burn. Defendant: Dr. Kohut, Mike Ferriter and MSP Medical Dir.
November 17, 2011
Weller v. State of Montana et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Shawn Howard Weller. Defendant: State of Montana and Mike Mahoney.
November 22, 2011
Avery v. Extradition Transport of America MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Russell Scott Avery. Defendant: Extradition Transport of America.
December 5, 2011
Sartain v. Swanson et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Danny Sartain. Defendant: Ross Swanson, Colleen Ambrose, Steve Redfern, Tom Wood and Denise DeYott and other.
December 7, 2011
Borgen v. State of Montana et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: John Alfred Borgen. Defendant: State of Montana, Jeffrey Sherlock, Anna Sorrell and Virginia Hill.
December 12, 2011
Eastman v. Swanson et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Franklin Corbin Eastman. Defendant: Ross Swanson, Mike Mahoney, Myron E. Beeson, Ben Bouley, Carla Strutzel and other.
Peltier v. Scott et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Joshua Jeremy Peltier. Defendant: Steven Scott, Office of State Public Defender and State of Montana.
December 14, 2011
Coburn v. Pasha et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Coleton Coburn. Defendant: Pasha and Marthaler.
December 15, 2011
Wylie v. County of Silver Bow/City of Butte et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Heather Erin Wylie. Defendant: County of Silver Bow/City of Butte, Daniel R. Sweeney, Bradley G. Newman, State of Montana, Catherine Truman and other.
December 20, 2011
Callaway v. Frink et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Richard Callaway. Defendant: Martin Frink, Chaplain Meckling, Jane or John Doe and CCC Shelby.
December 30, 2011
Stiles v. Deyott et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: J. Michael Stile. Defendant: Denise Deyott, Ross Swanson, Kristy Cobban, Tom Wood and Mike Ferriter and other.
January 5, 2012
Peterich v. State of Montana et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Robert Peterich. Defendant: State of Montana and Department of Correction.
January 6, 2012
Ochlech v. Frink et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Charles William Ochlech. Defendant: Martin Frink, Crossroads Correctional Center, Chaplin Meckling and John and Jane Doe.

Parties Court Judge Type of Lawsuit Cause of Action
August 22, 2011
Howe v. Wyckman et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Steven Miles Howe. Defendant: Scott Wyckman, Sergeant Echardt and Gallatin County Detention Center.
August 17, 2011
Birthmark MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Michael T. Birthmark. Defendant: Defendants unknown at this time.
August 31, 2011
Fish v. Acton et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Susan Fish. Defendant: Acton, Robert Paul, Sue Orand, Annamae Derrick, Mark Hartman and other.
September 2, 2011
Sullivant v. Spectrum Medical Services et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Kevin Raymond Sullivant. Defendant: Spectrum Medical Service, Nurse Practitioner Judy, Ravalli County and Lt. Scott Leete.
Elkins v. City of Glendive et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Jesse James Elkin. Defendant: City of Glendive, Dawson County, Glendive Jail, John Hodge and Jerry D. Cook and other.
September 7, 2011
Box v. Simonton MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Stanley E. Box. Defendant: Richard A. Simonton.
Urziceanu v. State of Nevada et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Michael C. Urziceanu. Defendant: State of Nevada, Mineral County District Attorney, Mineral County Commisoner’s Office, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Mineral County Public Defender’s Office and other.
September 2, 2011
Perez v. Green et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Adrian Francis Perez. Defendant: T. Green, Mike Ferriter, Patrick Smith, D. Henrich, L. Lovato and other.
September 9, 2011
Boese v. Miller et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Douglas R. Boese. Defendant: Bruce Miller and Marty Mavrinac.
September 6, 2011
Geren v. Oneill et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Joseph W. Geren. Defendant: Jay Oneill, Brent Linne Weber and Park County Detention Center.
September 19, 2011
Standing Rock v. Larson et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Cameron Standing Rock. Defendant: Darcy Larson, Martin Frink and Robert Johnson.
In Re Hall MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Petitioner: Stephen Hall.
September 26, 2011
Scharen v. Frink et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Edward Eugene Scharen. Defendant: Martin Frink and Mike Ferriter.
September 27, 2011
Shoulderblade v. Babcock MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Benedict Daniel Shoulderblade. Defendant: Steve Babcock.
Bull Plume v. Deyott MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Shannon David Bull Plume. Defendant: Denise Deyott.
September 28, 2011
Cooksey v. Weitzel et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Bobby Joe Cooksey. Defendant: Woodrow Weitzel, Shawn Lesnik, Aaron Edward and Preston Baker.
Cooksey v. Weitzel et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Bobby Joe Cooksey. Defendant: Woodrow Weitzel, Shawn Lesnik, Aaron Edward and Preston Baker.
September 27, 2011
Bull Plume v. Deyott MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Shannon David Bull Plume. Defendant: Denise Deyott.
September 30, 2011
Barger v. State of Montana et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (State)
Petitioner: Dusty Barger. Respondent: State of Montana and Attorney General of the State of Montana.
October 3, 2011
Lanham v. Ferriter et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Thomas Creel Lanham. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Billie Reich, Benjamin Bouley, Larry Tendel, Richard Collin and other.
Parties Court Judge Type of Lawsuit Cause of Action
April 19, 2011
Raskiewicz v. United States MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Jeremy Raskiewicz. Defendant: United State.
Raskiewicz v. United States MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Jeremy Raskiewicz. Defendant: United State.
April 25, 2011
Larson v. Custer County District Court et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: James L. Larson. Defendant: Custer County District Court, Lewis and Clark County District Court and Yellowstone County District Court.
May 3, 2011
Alexander v. Great Falls Transitional Services et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Levi Alexander. Defendant: Missoula Pre Release.
May 16, 2011
Heath v. Crossroads Corrections Center et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Joshua Heath. Defendant: Crossroads Corrections Center and Corrections Corporation of America.
May 18, 2011
Wiley v. United States Marshals Service et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Fed. Question
Plaintiff: Ronald Wesley Wiley. Defendant: United States Marshals Service, Dwight McKay, Yellowstone County Detention Facility, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department, Jay Bell and other.
May 17, 2011
Horob v. Cebull et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Todd Kenneth Horob. Defendant: Richard F Cebull and JoAnn Bacheller.
May 20, 2011
Belanus v. Chandler et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Duane Ronald Belanu. Defendant: Tracy Chandler, Raymond Potter, Leo Gallagher, Melissa Broch, Cathy Murphy and other.
May 25, 2011
Judd v. Secretary of State of Montana et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Keith Russell Judd. Defendant: Secretary of State of Montana and State of Montana.
June 9, 2011
Schilling v. Ferriter et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Conrad Schilling. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, D.R. Piranian, Chelsea Johner and Shelly Moderie.
June 10, 2011
Sullivan v. Anderson et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Curtis J. Sullivan. Defendant: Candace Anderson, Blair Hopkin, Mike Mahoney, First District Court, Helena, M.S.P. and other.
June 13, 2011
Horob v. Molloy et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Todd Kenneth Horob. Defendant: Donald W. Molloy, Richard F Cebull, Carolyn Ostby, Mark Werner, David A. Merchant, II and other.
June 22, 2011
Sees the Ground v. Emerson et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Gordon Sees the Ground, Jr. Defendant: C.C. Emerson, John Weaver, Orlando Rodriguez, Corrections Corporation of America and Lt. Worshing and other.
July 8, 2011
Deardorff v. Mahoney et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Chad L. Deardorff. Defendant: Mike Mahoney, Dr. Cohut, Dr. Peranian and Dr. Jane Doe.
July 7, 2011
Sullivan v. Kohut et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Curtis J. Sullivan. Defendant: Tristian Kohut, State of Montana, Elizabeth Rantz, D.O.C. and M.S.P. and other.
July 19, 2011
Redfern v. Montana Department of Corrections MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Civil Rights Act
Plaintiff: Martin Morris Redfern. Defendant: Montana Department of Correction.
Ball v. Beckworth et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: James E. Ball. Defendant: Carl Beckworth, Rich Collin and Kurt Marthaller.
July 20, 2011
Hopkins v. Ferriter et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Jesse Lee Hopkin. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Mike Mahoney, Scott Piranian and Kathy Redfern.
Hopkins v. Ferriter et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Jesse Lee Hopkin. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Mike Mahoney, Scott Piranian and Kathy Redfern.
July 29, 2011
Horob v. Clerk of Court et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Todd Kenneth Horob. Defendant: Clerk of Court and United States District Court-Billings Division.
Parties Court Judge Type of Lawsuit Cause of Action
December 13, 2010
Petersen v. State of Montana et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Dale Petersen. Defendant: State of Montana, Attorney General of the State of Montana, Lewis and Clark County Detention Center, Lewis and Clark County and City of Helena and other.
LongJaw v. Deschamps et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Timothy J. LongJaw. Defendant: Robert L. Deschamps, III, State of Montana and County of Missoula.
December 28, 2010
Diaz-Wassmer v. Ferriter et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: William Diaz-Wassmer. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Mike Mahoney and Denise Deyott.
January 20, 2011
Oie v. Henson et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Thomas E. Oie. Defendant: John S. Henson, Suzy Boylan-Moore, Jennifer Clark, Brian Smith, City of Missoula and other.
January 24, 2011
Riches v. Newton et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Jonathan Lee Riche. Defendant: Cam Newton and Cecil Newton.
January 25, 2011
Hartsoe v. Heisel et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: John Hartsoe. Defendant: Donna Heisel, Mike Gehl, Lucky Larson, Debra Christopher, Wall and other.
January 28, 2011
Tischler v. Montana Department of Corrections et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Civil Rights Act
Plaintiff: Shelley Anne Tischler. Defendant: Montana Department of Correction, Montana Women’s Prison, Jo Acton, Bob Paul, Sue Orand and other.
January 31, 2011
Baez v. Varnes et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Domingo Baez. Defendant: Kelly J. Varne and Mark D. Meyer.
February 2, 2011
Gassman v. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Freedom of Information Act
Plaintiff: James Leo Gassman. Defendant: Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department.
February 4, 2011
LongJaw v. Young MTD Molloy Civil Rights Civil Rights Act
Plaintiff: Timothy J. LongJaw. Defendant: Brian Young.
February 14, 2011
Brodzki v. Montana State Patrol et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Anthony Brodzki. Defendant: Montana State Patrol, Texas State Patrol, Illinois Patrol, Minnesota State Patrol, Iowa State Patrol and other.
February 18, 2011
McGuire v. Mercer et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Federal Question: Bivens Act
Plaintiff: John Patrick McGuire. Defendant: William Mercer, James Seykora and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
March 2, 2011
Hussar v. Touchette MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Wayne A. Hussar. Defendant: Mike Touchette, Mike Ferriter and Mike Mahoney.
March 10, 2011
Silversky et al v. Ferriter et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Civil Rights Act
Plaintiff: Jonathon Silversky and Ernest Brent Wilcock. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Robert Volrath, Sam Law, Mr. Ivin, Mr. Busby and other.
April 1, 2011
Knifong v. Girard et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Jeffrey F. Knifong. Defendant: Butch Girard, Jay Hansen and Beaverhead County Sheriff.
April 6, 2011
Maier v. Mahoney et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Lloyd Scott Maier. Defendant: Mike Mahoney, Cascade County, Graig Thoma, Brent Light and Mark Mosser and other.
April 8, 2011
Postlewaite v. Crossroads Corrections Center et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Andrew M Postlewaite. Defendant: Crossroads Corrections Center and Montana Department of Correction.
April 11, 2011
Barbour v. Clinton MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Kenneth Edward Barbour. Defendant: William Jefferson Clinton.
April 14, 2011
Bonck III v. McKittrick MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Lucien S. Bonck. Defendant: AnnMarie McKittrick.
April 15, 2011
Melton v. Lohse et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Richard Edward Melton. Defendant: Angela Lohse, Spectrum Medical Inc, Greg Scott, Cascade County Detention Center, Bob Edward and other.
Parties Court Judge Type of Lawsuit Cause of Action
August 16, 2010
Jones v. Morales MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Elvis Wayne Jone. Defendant: Dan Morale.
August 19, 2010
Parke v. City of Butte et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Charles Bernard Parke. Defendant: City of Butte, Silver Bow Polilce Dept., Sheriff John Walsh, Sgt. Jeffrey James William, Det. Kevin James Maloughney and other.
August 20, 2010
Redmond v. Rantz et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Thomas Edward Redmond, Sr. Defendant: Dr. Rantz, Dr. Kohut, Dr. Evan, Dr. Channer and Ed Foley and other.
August 23, 2010
Dubray v. Chester et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Donald F. Dubray. Defendant: Ted Chester and Craig Gilum.
Long Neck v. Spotted Eagle et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Emil Joseph Long Neck. Defendant: David Spotted Eagle, United States of America and Persons Unknown.
September 7, 2010
Smith Jr. v. Ferriter et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: John Smith Jr. Defendant: Mike Ferriter, Steve Ray and Lori Lovato.
September 13, 2010
McCarthy v. Ette et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Roman Sonny McCarthy. Defendant: Steve Ette, Michael Salvagni, Mark Guenther, Todd Whipple, Gary Balaz and other.
September 20, 2010
Pearson v. Flathead County Detention Center et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Oliver Emanuel Pearson. Defendant: Flathead County Detention Center and Larry Pasha.
September 30, 2010
Shoulderblade v. Babcock MTD Cebull Civil Rights Federal Question: Bivens Act
Plaintiff: Benedict Daniel Shoulderblade. Defendant: Steve Babcock.
October 5, 2010
Adams v. Mahoney et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Larry Dewayne Adam. Defendant: Mike Mahoney, Dan O’Fallon, Mike McGrath, Steve Bullock, Pamela Collin and other.
October 15, 2010
Larson v. Congress et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: James L. Larson. Defendant: Congre and United States District Court.
October 22, 2010
Rose v. Swanson et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Robert L. Rose. Defendant: Ross Swanson, Myron E. Beeson, Mike Ferriter, Ed Short, Tom Wood and other.
November 4, 2010
Helgeson v. United States of America et al MTD E Haddon Civil Rights Indian Tribal Controversy
Plaintiff: Kenneth Helgeson. Defendant: United States of America, Secretary of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indain Affair and Does 1-10 and other.
November 8, 2010
Evans v. Mahoney et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Anthony Evan. Defendant: Mike Mahoney, Steve Redfern, Desiree Dramstad, Jolene Footitt, Leonard J. Mihelich and other.
November 15, 2010
Morrison v. Spang MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: James Morrison. Defendant: Leroy Spang.
November 22, 2010
Boese v. Cotter et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Declaratory Judgement
Plaintiff: Douglas R. Boese. Defendant: Patricia Cotter, William Leaphart, Michael Wheat and Jim Rice.
December 1, 2010
Sullivan v. Rantz et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Curtis J. Sullivan. Defendant: Elizabeth Rantz and State of Montana.
December 6, 2010
Tirey v. Marthaller et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Roland Tirey. Defendant: Ken Marthaller, William Johnson, Michele L. Steyh, Ken Cozby, Myron E. Beeson and other.
December 8, 2010
McGovern v. Smith et al MTD Cebull Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Thomas J. McGovern. Defendant: Patrick Smith, Steve Ray, Tom Green, Noddlin, Carry Zackmann and other.
December 6, 2010
Tirey v. Marthaller et al MTD Molloy Civil Rights Prisoner Civil Rights
Plaintiff: Roland Tirey. Defendant: Ken Marthaller, William Johnson, Michele L. Steyh, Ken Cozby, Myron E. Beeson and other.
This is only 5 pages.  There are 63o Civil Rights Cases Filed.  Do you see where these are coming from?  Montana, this is your fellow Montanans that are crying out to be heard!  How can we sit by and do nothing as these families are being destroyed?  Do we really care so little about the truth anymore?  Is it easier to keep our heads stuck in the sand so then we can pretend that we do not have to do anything?  It is only going to get worse.  By the time we get our heads out of the sand and wake up laws will be in place to easily incarcerate someone for just a disagreement.  Trust me!  It is happening already.  Do you have to wait for this to happen in your home before you will make a stand?  Those that are in control are in control of keeping this quiet. There is not due process in this state!  America is already the land of the incarcerated.  Has America lost it’s conscience all together? Do we no longer have any pride on how we make money?   Republicans, Democrats we are all at fault.  None of us stand innocent on this issue.  Shame! Shame to each and every one of us.