Testimonies Of The Incarcerated Versus Montana Correctional Signpost

http://www.cor.mt.gov/content/news/Signpost.pdf  – This is Montana Department of Corrections – Correctional Signpost Informational Newsletter of Sorts

This website was sent to me and at first it looked well done and very informational until I started reading some of the information that is being glossed over, like a model that is being airbrushed to look perfect.  This saddens me that the truth is hidden and is eating away the integrity of our state like a canker worm. 

Report finds no evidence to support allegations – Auditors: prison compliant

“We did not note instances of noncompliance or inhumane conditions during our visits to CCC nor during our interviews with inmates and staff”.

The report was given to the Law and Justice Committee, the same group of lawmakers that heard the claims. Several of the committee members requested a legislative audit after hearing the statements, but the auditor’s office decided one was not necessary. Instead, the auditors prepared a memorandum summarizing their findings. They reviewed practices related to inmate housing; food service; hobby, vocational and industry programs; recreation; access to legal services; medical care and mental health services; use of segregation cells; access to personal hygiene products; and staffing.  The auditors detailed the department’s extensive ability to monitor the Crossroads facility to ensure compliance with contract provisions. They noted the agency has an onsite monitor at the prison and he has full access to the facility. In addition to that daily presence, other department employees make regular visits to Crossroads, the report said.   (Of course the fox of the hen house is going to say everything is alright!  They are not going to admit to the truth)! 

The committee asked for an update on the staffing issue at its June meeting. But two committee members suggested the auditors’ findings point out the need for the panel to avoid jumping to conclusions about the accuracy of allegations made about corrections operations. Sen. Steve Gallus of Butte urged other members to “filter” such claims in judging their validity and Sen. Jim Shockley of Victor said sometimes inmates and their relatives have a skewed view of corrections because of the circumstances of imprisonment. Shockley said lawmakers must recognize the “tension” that can exist between corrections officials and inmate families, and how they can have differing views of the same situation.   (I am saddened to read this here, this makes it look like the families of inmates must be naive or stupid to say they have a skewed view.  I have been involved with DOC in many different states for many years and I see the difference of how inmates and families are treated).  

Infirmary earns accreditation After more than five years of hard work, the staff at the Montana State Prison infirmary finally realized its goal in June. The National Commission on Correctional Health Care awarded its accreditation to the program. The review team praised the operation and its provision of health care services to inmates with words like “phenomenal,” “groundbreaking” and “excellent.” Accreditation means the infirmary complies with dozens of national standards for health care in correctional facilities. The team responsible for achieving accreditation was among 14 DOC employees honored in September with the Governor’s Award for Excellence.


                                                                                                                                                       RONNEY HARRIMAN

Senator Shockley of Victor who said that families have a skewed view has since visited this inmate at the prison.  How skewed are the allegations now?  Senator Steve Gallus of Butte urged other members to  “filter” such claims in judging their validity. How much more valid can we get?    

Two Montana Department of Corrections officials and a Helena prosecutor recently joined top officials from across the country at a national forum among state leaders working to ensure people released from prison stay crime-free. The one-day forum brought together teams from all 50 states that included the heads of the department of corrections, legislative leaders and judges. The purpose of the event was to position states to set targets, or in some cases expand on existing targets, for reducing reincarceration rates for individuals committing new offenses or violating the conditions of their release.

DOC Director Mike FerriterPam Bunke, Adult Community Corrections Division administrator; and Mike Menahan, a state representative and deputy county attorney from Helena, made up the Montana delegation. 

Congressional leaders, as well as representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, spoke about how the federal government can collaborate with state governments to translate the research about what works in reducing recidivism into policy and practice. Experts emphasized proven cost-effective strategies, such as concentrating supervision and treatment resources on those people most likely to reoffend.

A report from the Pew Center on the States highlighted at the forum demonstrated that “if just the 10 states with the greatest potential cost savings reduced their recidivism rates by 10 percent, they could save more than $470 million in a single year.”
Based on the cost of an average stay in Montana prisons, the state could save about $49,000 for every offender able to remain on probation or parole rather than return to prison.

‘Even in these difficult fiscal times, we all agree that 
making people’s transition from prison to the 
community safe and successful is smart policy 
because it increases public safety and reduces state 
spending on corrections.’
-Mike Ferriter, DOC director

 Remember that there are 72% that are eligible for parole and never get looked at, 60% that are denied parole the first time round and 94% that are returned to prison on a violation of probation due to technical issues.

This is what I am talking about.  Everything looks great when it has been glossed over and airbrushed.  Take away the corruption and expose the real picture and you see the major difference. Every area that they spoke of has holes in it.  Their words are way different than their actions of reality.  They say all this and they think that you Montana friends are too naive to know what is going on.  A lot of people are on the gravy train with the system they have worked out, why would they want to stop it?  Montana it is up to you to put a stop to it.  I know that the people of this great state are above what is going on.  Not all Montanan’s are corrupt.  Not all State Department workers are corrupt. Not all DOC officers and employees are corrupt. Not all politicians are corrupt.  But we all have to stand up and say “enough is enough” to those that are corrupt.

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