Lewis & Clark County proposes 4 million dollar levy for jail - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Lewis & Clark County proposes 4 million dollar levy for jail

Posted: Updated:

Lewis and Clark County proposed a 4 million dollar jail levy budget.

We went to the budget meeting and the jail to see living conditions for the people in the jail and the working conditions for detention officers.

The existing detention center was built in 1985 and designed to house 54 detainees. Now the jail routinely sees more than a hundred inmates, leaving some to be sleeping on floors, in hallways, and even in the library.

“The whole mission here is to provide public safety. We want people to be safe, we want the people who are detained to be safe, we want the people who work there to be safe. We can’t do that now we are having a really tough time providing a safe and humane environment, says Commissioner Andy Hunthausen.

The proposed 4 million dollar budget isn't just for renovations, the commissioners also want to lessen a number of repeat stayers and provide programs so inmates learn to be members of the community.

“We have an opportunity to reform our system. We have the opportunity for people to get through our system faster, to divert people from our jail more often. Serve them in the community, provide prevention services. Connect them to community services that can get them off the treadmill of reoffending,” says Hunthausen.

The undersheriff says it’s not going to just affect the inmates and detention officers, but the public will see better service from the county sheriff’s department.

“our crisis in the jail is consuming so many of our resources and our attention that it’s a delay to get people to calls for service,” says Undersheriff Jason Grimmis.

The undersheriff says deputies normally on the streets have had to transport inmates to other facilities across the state.

The ballot for this levy goes out on October 18th and they need to be mailed in by November 7th to be validated.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Person killed in officer-involved shooting identified

    UPDATE: Person killed in officer-involved shooting identified

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:07 PM EST2017-12-13 23:07:07 GMT

    The man shot during the officer-involved shooting on Monday in Great Falls has been identified.

    The man shot during the officer-involved shooting on Monday in Great Falls has been identified.

  • Man accused of slamming baby, fracturing femur

    Man accused of slamming baby, fracturing femur

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 9:37 PM EST2017-12-14 02:37:17 GMT

    Allan Norman Garbo Osen is charged with Assault on Minor after he allegedly slammed a baby on a bed so forcefully, it fractured the baby's femur bone. 

    Allan Norman Garbo Osen is charged with Assault on Minor after he allegedly slammed a baby on a bed so forcefully, it fractured the baby's femur bone. 

  • Truck collides with house in Black Eagle

    Truck collides with house in Black Eagle

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 9:34 PM EST2017-12-14 02:34:42 GMT
    A truck which was being towed by a wrecker went into a home on the 100 block of 11th St. NE in Black Eagle around 7 p.m. tonight.  The wrecker had 2 other vehicles on its bed, the truck was behind the wrecker being towed down the road when it became unhooked from the wrecker, it then traveled into the front of the home. One resident was home at the time but was not injured in the incident.
    A truck which was being towed by a wrecker went into a home on the 100 block of 11th St. NE in Black Eagle around 7 p.m. tonight.  The wrecker had 2 other vehicles on its bed, the truck was behind the wrecker being towed down the road when it became unhooked from the wrecker, it then traveled into the front of the home. One resident was home at the time but was not injured in the incident.
  • MAFB Airmen arrested for kidnapping, assault, robbery

    Monday, December 11 2017 8:11 PM EST2017-12-12 01:11:41 GMT

    Julia Russell, 22, of the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron was arrested last week in Tulare, California for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, and conspiracy to commit a felony. According to Tulare Police, on November 30th at approximately 9 P.M.  officers were dispatched to the area of State Route 137 and Road 68 regarding a female that had been assaulted. The victim stated she was taken against her will, assaulted and robbed of her property by the su...

    Julia Russell, 22, of the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron was arrested last week in Tulare, California for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, and conspiracy to commit a felony. According to Tulare Police, on November 30th at approximately 9 P.M.  officers were dispatched to the area of State Route 137 and Road 68 regarding a female that had been assaulted. The victim stated she was taken against her will, assaulted and robbed of her property by the su...

  • Man ejected after rolling car, hit and killed by passing motorist

    Man ejected after rolling car, hit and killed by passing motorist

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 12:50 PM EST2017-12-13 17:50:52 GMT

    One man is dead after he was ejected in a rollover crash and was then hit by a passing vehicle.

    One man is dead after he was ejected in a rollover crash and was then hit by a passing vehicle.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Gunshots heard in Helena

    Gunshots heard in Helena

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:50 AM EST2017-12-14 16:50:19 GMT
    Around 6:00 am Thursday, 911 Center in Helena received calls concerning possible shots being fired from a vehicle in several areas around town.  Officers from multiple agencies including HPD, L&C County Sheriff's Office and even Montana Highway Patrol searched for over an hour but were unable to find anything. Initial reports said the shots were coming from a vehicle that is described as a newer 2013-2014 silver Ford pickup, with black accents/striping/rocker panel molding. ...
    Around 6:00 am Thursday, 911 Center in Helena received calls concerning possible shots being fired from a vehicle in several areas around town.  Officers from multiple agencies including HPD, L&C County Sheriff's Office and even Montana Highway Patrol searched for over an hour but were unable to find anything. Initial reports said the shots were coming from a vehicle that is described as a newer 2013-2014 silver Ford pickup, with black accents/striping/rocker panel molding. ...
  • Rodriguez found guilty

    Rodriguez found guilty

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 9:57 PM EST2017-12-14 02:57:35 GMT

    Today is the first day for the Juan Rodriguez trial in cascade county district court.  Rodriguez is accused of sexually assaulting a young teen 15 years ago.

    Today is the first day for the Juan Rodriguez trial in cascade county district court.  Rodriguez is accused of sexually assaulting a young teen 15 years ago.

  • UPDATE: Person killed in officer-involved shooting identified

    UPDATE: Person killed in officer-involved shooting identified

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:07 PM EST2017-12-13 23:07:07 GMT

    The man shot during the officer-involved shooting on Monday in Great Falls has been identified.

    The man shot during the officer-involved shooting on Monday in Great Falls has been identified.

  • Fatal accident near East Helena

    Fatal accident near East Helena

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 3:37 PM EST2017-12-13 20:37:59 GMT
    Montana Highway Patrol is reporting at least 1 person is dead in an early afternoon accident.   It was reported just before 1:00 Wednesday afternoon just west of East Helena on U.S. Highway 12. Cameras from Montana Department of Transportation show snow on the roads but there has been no word on cause of crash as of yet. MHP says to avoid the area if possible. Right now these are the only details available.  We'll update this story as more information comes in.
    Montana Highway Patrol is reporting at least 1 person is dead in an early afternoon accident.   It was reported just before 1:00 Wednesday afternoon just west of East Helena on U.S. Highway 12. Cameras from Montana Department of Transportation show snow on the roads but there has been no word on cause of crash as of yet. MHP says to avoid the area if possible. Right now these are the only details available.  We'll update this story as more information comes in.
Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2017. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.