Outgoing Montana U.S. attorney outlines challenges for successor

As Montana U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme prepares to step down Dec. 2, he spoke with MTN News about the biggest challenges facing his successor.

First and foremost, the new U.S. attorney for Montana will be dealing with COVID-19 and its impact on Montana’s justice system, including an alarming jump in violent crimes.

According to new data obtained from Project Safe Neighborhoods, the latest crime numbers for Missoula and Yellowstone counties reveal a disturbing trend.

“We know that in Missoula County, violent crime, primarily aggravated assaults have increased more than 40 percent since COVID began,” said Alme.