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Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Reginald D. Michael announced that inmates from the infirmary in Lewistown were moved to a new special-needs unit at the Riverside Correctional Facility in Boulder on April 12, 2019.
Repurposing the Riverside Correctional Facility to accommodate the population from the Lewistown Infirmary allows us to continue to meet the special needs of these offenders, while addressing our current budget deficit and operational needs," Director Michael said. "We are very pleased to remain in Boulder, and for the continued support we have received from the community. We are also very pleased that we have been able to create or maintain employment for 27 people in or around Boulder as we meet our public safety responsibilities. Corrections professionals are the backbone of our agency."
19 inmates with serious, long-term medical conditions were moved from the Lewistown facility, a secure wing that was part of the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center (MMHNCC) operated by DPHHS. The Corrections wing opened in 2012 and housed 25 inmates at full capacity.
The Riverside facility formerly housed a program for adult women the Riverside Recovery and Reentry Program. Montana has two DOC-contracted women’s treatment facilities and there was not a population to support a third program.
The Riverside Special Needs Unit will accommodate 25 male inmates, with plans to be at capacity within the next month. Currently, the facility is employing 27 staff members.