Missoula legislator Wolken is new MT deputy corrections director

HELENA – Montana state Sen. Cynthia Wolken, who played a key role in the 2017 enactment of sweeping criminal-sentencing reforms in the state, will be the state’s new deputy director of corrections.

State Corrections Director Reginald Michael announced Wolken’s hiring on Tuesday and said her role in the reforms “will prove invaluable to the (Department of Corrections) as we continue moving forward.”

Wolken, a state senator representing District 48 in Missoula County, told MTN News she’s looking forward to being part of the Corrections leadership team implementing the reforms, which are designed to reduce the number of people held in prison and jails in Montana.