Montana Projected for Greatest Prison Growth


Montana is projected to have the nation’s greatest growth in prison population over the next five years, reports the Great Falls Tribune. Montana could house 41 percent more prisoners by 2011, according to the report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. That would raise Montana’s incarceration rate from 298 per 100,000 people in 2006 to 414 in 2011, still below the projected national average of 480 inmates per 100,000 people in five years.

Montana corrections spokesman Bob Anez cited five causes for the projected growth: methamphetamines, with half of all prison admissions for meth-related crimes; mental illness, which affects 46 percent of inmates; sex offenders, which make up a third of the prison population; substance abuse, which affects 93 percent of inmates, and recidivism, which accounts for two-thirds of prison admissions.


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