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Bureau of Indian Affairs to use the vacant detention facility in Hardin

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs expect to re-open a vacant Montana jail on the edge of the Crow Indian Reservation that's sat empty for much of the past decade.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Director Bryan Rice spoke in front of a senate committee on October 25th and said the BIA is finalizing a lease contract to begin using the Two Rivers Detention Facility in Hardin by January 2018.

During this committee meeting, Senator Steve Daines said Ryan Zinke received a letter from Chief Justice of the Crow tribe, Leroy Not Afraid, discussing inhumane conditions and illegal overcrowding in Crow and Northern Cheyenne areas. This explains why the BIA is applying for a contract to reopen the Two Rivers Detention Facility in Hardin. 
 
Daines sent us a statement saying 'After working with the Crow tribal chief judge and the department of the interior to re-open this detention facility, this is great news. We must ensure that the tribe has the resources and physical spaces it needs to keep its community safe.'

"It's right in Hardin," said Rice. "The middle of Crow Reservation in Montana. During the interim, while the lease is being worked on, all of our folks that need bed space are being sent to Lame Deer. They're even being sent to other areas and so we see it as a critical thing that needs to get done."

The 464 bed jail was constructed by a private company working with local officials in 2007. It was meant to spur Hardin's economy, but the city and its business partners have struggled to find contracts for inmates.

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