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Welcome to the Montana Reentry Initiative Website!

The Montana Department of Corrections is dedicated to reducing the rate offenders return to incarceration by utilizing collaborative interagency partnerships and national best practices for reentry.  Success for offenders means having stable housing and employment, effective treatment, positive personal relationships, family support and appropriate supervision that allows them to build productive, law-abiding lives. Success means fewer future victims, less crime and a safer Montana.


House Bill 68, the act establishing the statewide multiagency Reentry Taskforce outlines four responsibilities of the Department, in collaboration with the Taskforce:

  1. Examine and implement programs that will help bring community resources into prisons to support inmate reentry planning and preparation.
  2. Develop partnerships with and contract with community-based organizations that provide needed services to released inmates in areas such as mental health, chemical dependency, employment, housing, healthcare, faith-based services, parenting, relationship services, and victim impact panels.
  3. Coordinate with community restorative justice programs to ensure victim concerns and opportunities for restorative justice practices, including restitution, are considered during an offender's reentry.
  4. Collect data, conduct program evaluation, and develop findings and any recommendations about reentry and recidivism and include this information in an annual report to be made available to the Law and Justice Interim Committee.

Montana Reentry Initiative Task Force

  • Director Mike Batista, Chairman, Department of Corrections
  • Nancy Coopersmith, Office of Public Instruction
  • Matt Dale, Department of Justice, restorative justice representative
  • Kelly Lynch, Department of Commerce
  • Dr. Gary Mihelish, NAMI, mental health advocate
  • Tom Nielson, Department of Public Health & Human Services
  • Steve Olson, Department of Labor and Industry
  • Dr. Mark Pagano, University System
  • Casey Schreiner, State Representative (HD22)
  • Jason Smith, Governor's Director of Indian Affairs
  • John Strandell, Department of Justice
  • Derek VanLuchene, Ryan United, crime victims representative
  • Moe Wosepka, Montana Catholic Conference, faith-based representative
  • Donna Huston, Center for Children & Families, community representative
  • Fern Osler Johnson, Montana Board of Pardons and Parole

Department of Corrections Technical Representatives

  • Pam Bunke, Administrator, Adult Community Corrections
  • Sam Casey, Reentry Manager
  • Joan Daly, Warden, Montana Women’s Prison
  • John Daugherty, Administrator, Information Technology
  • Leroy Kirkegard, Warden, Montana State Prison
  • Gayle Lambert, Administrator, Montana Correctional Enterprises
  • Cindy McKenzie, Administrator, Youth Services
  • Rhonda Schaffer, Administrator, Administrative and Financial Officer




 Click for resources for offenders and families


House Bill 68

Improving Reentry Efforts - Presentation by Edward J. Latessa, Ph.D.

Freeway Frenzy - Presentation by Tom Wilson, Montana State Prison

Montana Reentry Brochure

Mission, Vision and Goals

Reentry FAQ

Resource List

A State Framework for Offender Reentry

Montana Reentry Plan Priorities

CSG Reentry Report

Alternatives to Criminalization or Homelessness

Veterans Specific Reentry Programs Webinar

Job Hunting Guide for Montanans with Criminal Records


Contact Us


Montana Department of Corrections Reentry Initiative
5 South Last Chance Gulch
P.O. Box 201301
Helena, MT 59620-1301

 National Reentry Resource Center




Adrianne Slaughter - 444-0340

Judy Beck - 444-0409