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Montana State Prison piloting new visitation procedure

Friday, June 14, 2019/Categories: Department of Corrections/Tags:

RELEASE: June 14, 2019

CONTACT: Amy Barton, (406) 444-0409

DEER LODGE-Montana State Prison warden Lynn Guyer announced Friday that Montana State Prison is piloting a new visitation reservation system. Currently, Montana State Prison offers first come basis visits two days a week. The new system will allow visitors to schedule and reserve a visitation slot and increase the visitation days from two days to four days.

The goal with the new system is to increase overall visiting opportunities and decrease wait times. The process will allow visitors that drive long distances more certainty that that they will be able to visit.

“Montana State Prison recognizes the importance and value of visitation for offenders and their families and friends,” Guyer said. “Maintaining personal contact with family and friends strengthens the offenders’ support networks and will benefit their reentry into their community thereby reducing recidivism.”

Visitations will be scheduled through the current phone service provider, CenturyLink. There is no cost to family and friends to register and schedule visits. Family and friends will be able to schedule visits up to 30 days in advance. Visitors will be able to reserve a two-hour slot each week. Family and friends will need to reserve visits at least seven days in advance of the scheduled visit. If there are any unreserved slots available, family and friends can call Montana State Prison after the reservation period has closed and additional slots will be filled on a first call basis. Special visitation requests will still be accommodated when feasible.

Family and friends can register now with CenturyLink to set up an account. Family and friends will be able to schedule visits starting June 17, 2019 on the system for visits beginning June 27, 2019. To assist with the transition, Montana State Prison will accept reserved visits as well as people coming without a reservation until August 1, 2019. As of August 1, 2019, for security purposes, all visits will need to be reserved. To register and schedule visits, please go to the following website, www.icsolutions.com. People without internet access can contact Customer Care at 1-888-506-8407.

Additional information is provided on the Montana DOC website http://cor.mt.gov/ or family and friends can call Montana State Prison at 406-846-1320.

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