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Report: Native Americans make up disproportionate share of Montana's inmates


HELENA — Montana is putting more people in prison than it releases -- not necessarily because there are more criminals, but largely because the state keeps arresting the same people over and over.

That’s according to a long-awaited report from the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization contracted by state legislators to help figure out how to reduce prison spending and jail crowding.

The report, presented Tuesday to lawmakers and others appointed to Montana’s Commission on Sentencing, found a 12 percent rise in arrests between 2009 and 2015, despite an 18 percent decline in property and violent crimes between 2000 and 2014.


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