Administrator Gayle Butler
350 Conley Lake Road
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Phone: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2373
Montana Correctional Enterprises (MCE), headquartered near Montana State Prison at Deer Lodge, employs 75 civilians and provides daily training for approximately 500 inmates at Montana State Prison and Montana Women’s Prison in Billings.
The Montana Correctional Enterprises Division provides vocational education, on-the-job training and work experience to inmates in industry, vocational and agricultural programs. Inmates working in these programs develop marketable job skills, a strong work ethic and self-esteem through a feeling of pride in their accomplishments, often for the first time in their lives. In addition, inmates earn a wage to pay their victim restitution and court-ordered fines, and to save money for their release.
MCE programs benefit public safety in our prisons and communities. They improve prison security by keeping inmates active and engaged while incarcerated, and provide inmates who will return to our communities with opportunities to learn life and job skills, and develop a work ethic that enables them to become productive employees, good neighbors and law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. Several national studies indicate that inmates involved in correctional industry training programs are less likely to reoffend and between 20 to 40 percent more likely to stay out of prison. Learn more about the "Top Ten Benefits of Correctional Industries" and the importance of Reentry Focused training on the National Correctional Industries Association website.
The majority of the MCE training programs are self-supporting, generating sufficient revenue to cover 95 percent of all expenditures. The general fund budget of $795,000 covers the vocational program’s educational component and the canteen’s three civilian staff.
MCE has a great website that provides information about our many Products and Services.
Help Montana Department of Corrections achieve the lowest recidivism rate in the nation by providing education and skill development for offenders, helping them to succeed after release.
Montana Correctional Enterprises provides meaningful education, work experience and transitional services to assist offenders reentering our communities become productive employees, good neighbors and taxpaying citizens, supporting victims of crime and creating safer communities.
- Our employees are our most valuable asset.
- Our employees are professional, dependable and dedicated.
- Our programs are 96% self-supporting and provide valuable training that instills offenders with job skills, a work ethic and interpersonal communication skills.
- Our offenders are prepared to reenter their communities as productive employees, good neighbors and taxpaying citizens.
- Our offenders pay crime victim restitution, court ordered fines and provide community service.
- Our offenders save for release, lessening their dependence on our social welfare system.
- Our products are built with pride, quality workmanship and materials and provided at competitive prices.
- Our customers are important stakeholders that assist MCE in achieving our mission.
- Improve employee development and career ladders
- Increase offender training opportunities
- Improve product quality and timeliness of product delivery
- Reduce costs and eliminate inefficient use of resources
- Improve communication with all stakeholders
- Enhance information technology to streamline operations and decision-making
- Increase the public and private sectors understanding on the importance of correction training programs.
Montana Correctional Enterprises Goals and Objectives FY2017 and FY2018
Main Office Number - (406) 846-1320 ext. 2772
Administrator - Gayle M. Butler (406) 846-1320 ext.2373 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Specialist - Nicole Chandler (406) 846-1320 ext. 2351 - NChandler2@mt.gov