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Montana State Prison Faces Inmate Relocation Amidst Cold Snap-Induced Repairs

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In the wake of a frigid cold snap, Montana State Prison grapples with a cascade of challenges, as burst pipes prompt a temporary relocation of inmates from a low-security unit. This marks the latest in a string of repair issues plaguing correctional facilities since the onset of subzero temperatures last week. The incidents not only disrupted the facility’s operations but also caused Wi-Fi and phone outages in another unit.

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Infrastructure Struggles Continue

The burst pipes occurred on Wednesday necessitating the relocation of 159 inmates to the Low Side gymnasium.

The incident transpired as a frozen pipe burst during thawing, with prompt repairs enabling the inmates’ return within a couple of hours according to Department of Corrections spokeswoman Carolynn Stocker.

Simultaneously, another burst pipe in a different Low Side building leaked water onto hardware supporting Wi-Fi and telephone services for inmates. Quick repairs were executed restoring services on Wednesday afternoon, Stocker confirmed.

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Urgent Need for Overhaul

Highlighting the urgency of comprehensive infrastructure improvements, DOC Director Brian Gootkin emphasized that these incidents occurred on MSP’s low-security side. He reinforced the necessity of the major overhaul backed by $211 million allocated by lawmakers for the reconstruction and renovation of the facility’s aging low-security units.

Gootkin acknowledged that the renovation projects, assigned to Architect DLR and contractor Sletten Construction will take years. However, he expressed optimism about the eventual benefits foreseeing enhanced safety and security for both staff and inmates with modern, energy-efficient buildings replacing outdated equipment.

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