Bullock: MT shouldn’t rush into private-prison contract extension

HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock says he won’t rush into a new contract with the operator of the private prison in Shelby – even though it could yield the state as much as $30 million to offset planned budget cuts of “essential services” for the poor and disabled.

In an interview this week, Bullock told MTN News that in the wake of 2017 reforms designed to reduce the amount of people in prison in Montana, his administration wants to carefully evaluate how long and whether the Crossroads Correctional Center is needed.