Two Rivers jail struggles to overcome $40 million in debt
The Hardin jail opened in mid-2007 with promises to bring more than 100 jobs to an economically depressed area. Locals were hopeful the facility would be the anchor for the town’s economic development organization, started just a few years before.
Setbacks plagued the jail from the start, when state officials opted not to house its inmates there. Then, the Montana attorney general issued an opinion saying the jail couldn’t house out-of-state inmates either, and that only the state could legally do so. A Helena District Court judge later overturned that opinion.