Administrator: Heather Smith
The Missoula Assessment and Sanction Center (MASC) is a 144-bed correctional assessment facility for male offenders located in the Missoula County Detention Facility. The program operates under a cooperative agreement between the Department of Corrections and the Missoula County Detention Facility.
MASC’s purpose is to determine the most appropriate placement for offenders through clear, accurate and impartial assessments. MASC provides these assessments to community corrections programs that screen offenders for potential placement rather than sending them directly to prison. Offenders committed to the Department of Corrections are given mental health, chemical dependency and sex offender assessments as needed. Offenders may be placed in treatment programming while at MASC prior to being considered for placement in a community program.
MASC houses offenders who:
- have been accepted into a program and are waiting to be placed in that program
- need evaluations (testing), assessment, and individual and/or group counseling
- are being sanctioned for violating the conditions of their supervision (other than those who commit an additional felony offense).
MASC offers alternatives to prison without compromising the safety of Montana communities by ensuring that offenders are appropriately placed. About 77 percent of offenders entering MASC are diverted from prison to community-based programs.