The Montana Department of Corrections is dedicated to reducing the rate offenders return to incarceration by utilizing collaborative interagency partnerships and national best practices for reentry. Success for offenders means having stable housing and employment, effective treatment, positive personal relationships, family support and appropriate supervision that allows them to build productive, law-abiding lives. Success means fewer future victims, less crime and a safer Montana.
House Bill 68, the act establishing the statewide multiagency Reentry Taskforce outlines four responsibilities of the Department, in collaboration with the Taskforce:
- Examine and implement programs that will help bring community resources into prisons to support inmate reentry planning and preparation.
- Develop partnerships with and contract with community-based organizations that provide needed services to released inmates in areas such as mental health, chemical dependency, employment, housing, healthcare, faith-based services, parenting, relationship services, and victim impact panels.
- Coordinate with community restorative justice programs to ensure victim concerns and opportunities for restorative justice practices, including restitution, are considered during an offender's reentry.
- Collect data, conduct program evaluation, and develop findings and any recommendations about reentry and recidivism and include this information in an annual report to be made available to the Law and Justice Interim Committee.
Montana Reentry Initiative Task Force
- Director Reginald D. Michael, Chairman, Department of Corrections
- Renee Bauer, Montana Board of Pardons and Parole
- Dave Clark, Helena Community Offender Reentry Program
- Dr. Gary Mihelish, NAMI, mental health advocate
- Ann Miller, Managing Attorney, Tribal Defenders Office of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
- Jennifer Olson, Community Development Division Administrator, Department of Commerce
- Steve Olson, Department of Labor and Industry
- Diane Sands, Montana Senator from Senate District 49
- Siri Smillie, Policy Advisor for Education, Office of the Governor
- Laura Smith, Deputy Director, Department of Public Health and Human Services
- Vacant, Department of Justice
- Derek VanLuchene, Ryan United, crime victims representative
- Jule Walker, Deputy State Superintendent for Operations, Office of Public Instruction
- Dr. Cody Warner, Montana State University
- Moe Wosepka, Diocese of Helena, faith-based representative
Department of Corrections Technical Representatives
- Gayle Butler, Administrator, Montana Correctional Enterprises
- Adrianne Cotton, Government Relations Director
- John Daugherty, Administrator - CIO, Information Technology
- Jennie Hansen, Warden, Montana Women’s Prison
- Warden, Montana State Prison
- Marcia Levitan, Reentry Program Manager
- Cindy McKenzie, Administrator, Youth Services
- Kevin Olson, Probation and Parole Division
- Pat Schlauch, Administrator, Business Management Services Division