Jail and Inmate Search in Montana
The goals of the Montana Department of Corrections is to protect the public’s safety while also rehabilitating offenders and helping them re-integrate back into society and also supporting the victims of crime. Currently, Montana has 2,980 people spread over 37 county jails and 3,814 inmates in 5 prisons. The average prison term is 1-2 years or less. Along with those incarcerated, Montana supervises another 8,500 people on probation and parole. During their time in prison, Montana helps inmates focus on job skills, taking responsibility for the crimes committed and life training.
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What are Jail Records?
Montana jail records are the files that are kept on every inmate in the prison system. They follow each offender from the time of arrest all the way through parole. Jail and prison administrators document every event that takes place in the life of the prisoner and puts it into their computerized system. Each time a change occurs the file is updated. They keep these jail records online and accessible so that every law enforcement agency can easily access them and share the information.
How to Search for Inmates in Montana
Montana offers a variety of inmate lookup tools so you can find someone located in a state prison. Using just their first and last names, you can see a list of offenders. From there you can click on each one to see details like the current mug shot, DOC#, name, status, gender, physical description, height, weight, race and other interesting information. You can also see the exact location of where they are detained and the address and phone number if you want to contact them there. You will also see aliases, identifying marks and their complete legal record with offenses, sentencing, and the judge who ordered it.
Creating Public Jail Records
Montana creates and keeps very detailed files on each inmate in prison, jail or out on parole. These jail records are created every time something happens to the offender in the system. It starts when they are arrested, and a RAP sheet is created with their name and information on it. They are assigned a DOC number, and that number and their jail record follow them throughout their time in prison. Jail records are shared among law enforcement and courts and updated frequently to paint a complete picture of the inmate's life experience and behavior. Sharing these jail files makes it easier for everyone to assist the inmate through the system and into reintegration.
Criminal Justice Quick Facts
Montana Prisoner Statistics by Gender
The number of Montana prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 3,814, that saw a 3.5% increase compared to the previous year. Females made up 10.7% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 3,405 in 2016.
The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years
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The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016
The prison population of Montana is 3,814 inmates, that is 10.2% higher than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Montana was in 2016, when the number of prisoners was 3,814 inmates.
Montana Parole Population
Montana parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 1,092 people, 131 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 18 people less compared to the previous year, which has decreased by -1.6%.
Paroles per 100.000 population
Parole Total Population in Montana
Parole Entries & Exits
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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Montana has five prisons and 37 jails spread over 56 counties. Currently, they oversee 2,870 people in jail and another 3,814 in prison. Montana operates on an annual budget of $198 million with a staff of 1,400 employees. The Montana community corrections system is responsible for an additional 8,500 people on parole and probation. It costs Montana $30,227 to house and care for each inmate for a year. Based on one hundred residents, Montana has an overall incarceration rate of 364, a property crime rate of 2,684 and a violent crime rate of 368.