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Montana closing pre-release center to move prison infirmary

September 27, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana is closing a women’s pre-release treatment center in Boulder and retrofitting the building to house state prison inmates being held at an infirmary in Lewistown.

The Department of Corrections announced in June it planned to close the prison infirmary, however the agency was unable to find alternate placements for most of the 21 inmates with serious, long-term medical conditions.

Corrections Director Reginald D. Michael said Wednesday the decision to close the Riverside Correctional Center in Boulder was driven by budget and operational needs.

The center helps women heal from trauma and abuse and address chemical dependency and other issues.

Women receiving treatment at Riverside will be moved to state-contracted pre-release centers in Boulder or Billings or to their communities by Oct. 9.

The agency hopes to have the infirmary open by Dec. 1.

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