Two years into Montana’s ‘justice reinvestment’, has much changed?

More than two years into reforms designed to slow, or even reverse, the growth of offenders in Montana’s correctional system, state officials say they see indications of progress.

But most early data show scant change. Prisons and alternative programs for criminal offenders are still full to capacity, and there’s been no reduction in the number of offenders under state supervision outside of prison.

At the close of 2019, nearly 10,400 people are still on supervision in Montana, via parole or probation – a slight increase over the 10,100 people on supervision two years ago.