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Montana State Prison

Montana State Prison is located in the Deer Lodge valley approximately 3.5 miles west of the town of Deer Lodge. The institution is designated to maintain a population of 1485 adult male offenders that are classified to one of six custody levels (Max, Close, Medium I, Medium II, Minimum I and Minimum II). There are approximately 600 employees of which 318 are uniformed staff.
  The physical plant consists of three compounds, Max, High Side, and Low Side which are contained within a 68 acre double fenced perimeter.
  Montana State Prison utilizes a unit management structure that is ultimately managed by a warden, a deputy warden and two associate wardens.
  Outside the fenced perimeter is a 192-bed Work and Re-entry Center, which houses minimum-custody inmates that work on a 35,000-acre ranch and dairy program operated by Montana Correctional Enterprises.



  • Warden, Mike Mahoney: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2200;
    • Deputy Warden, Ross Swanson: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2377;
    • Administrative Officer, Cheryl Bolton: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2302;
    • Associate Warden, Myron Beeson: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2454;
    • Associate Warden, Leonard Mihelich: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2300;
    • Health Services Bureau Chief, Cathy Redfern: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2448;
    • Public Information/Victim Information Officer, Linda Moodry: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2201;
    • Policy Officer, Steve Redfern: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2306;
    • Contract Placement Bureau Chief, Patrick Smith: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2556;
    • Chief Investigator, Mike Micu: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2304;
    • Technical Correctional Services Bureau Chief, Candyce Neubauer: (406) 846-1320, ext. 2459;
    • Budget Analyst, Lena Havron: (406) 444-3913;
    • Chief of Education and Habilitative Services, Greg Hergott (406) 846-1320, ext. 2293;
  • FAX: (406) 846-2950
  • MSP Switchboard: (406) 846-1320, ext. 0
  • Address: 400 Conley Lake Road; Deer Lodge, MT; 59722

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Contract Placement Bureau

  Use of regional and private prisons represents a three-way public safety partnership among the State of Montana, three counties, and private industry. This partnership gives the state innovative operations in managing inmate population and placement.
  The Department of Corrections has developed and implemented a comprehensive monitoring process to ensure that obligations of the prison contracts are met. The goal of the monitoring process is more uniformity within the system. Stringent contract compliance improves public safety and assures cost control. Key to the success of the program is the monitor at each facility, who reports to the Bureau chief.
  Biennial audits of each facility are completed by the DOC internal auditor, security staff, and personnel from MSP and MWP, and representatives of regional and private prisons. This team checks for compliance in food service, medical care, programming, security and administrative duties. Plans for improvement are then developed.

  • Bureau Chief, Patrick Smith:(406) 846-1320, ext: 2556 ; FAX (406) 846-2966;
    • Administrative Officer, Heidi Crowe:(406) 846-1320, ext. 2517
    • Correctional Case Manager, Jerry Guthrie:(406) 846-1320, ext. 2519
    • Correctional Case Manager, Jerry Johnson:(406) 846-1320, ext. 2558

    Crossroads Correctional Center (564 males)
    Sam Law, Warden; (406) 434-7055 ext. 2201
    50 Crossroads Drive; Shelby, MT 59474
    DOC monitor James Vollrath; ext. 2215
    Cascade County Regional Prison (152 males)
    Chief Capt. Dan O'Fallon, Administrator; (406) 454-6823 ext. 303
    3800 Ulm North Frontage Road; Great Falls, MT 59404
    DOC Monitor Wayne Bye; (406) 727-1930
    Dawson County Correctional Facility (144 males)
    Steve Ray jr, Warden; (406) 377-7600 ext. 225
    440 Colorado Blvd.; Glendive, MT 59330
    DOC Monitor Dale Henrichs; (406) 377-7687


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