Work Program

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Missoula County Detention Facility

County Jail Work Program

Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 7-32-2225, 2226, 2227

What is the work program?

The Missoula City and County courts have the option to sentence defendants to the work program in lieu of jail time. Each day of work is equivalent to two days of incarceration.

What number do I call to schedule?

To schedule, call (406) 258-4005. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week, excluding holidays.

What is the cost?

$25 processing fee and $10 per day.

What are the working hours?

The working hours are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All work is scheduled on consecutive days.

Other Information:

Once scheduled, the defendant must show up at the Detention Facility on the first day of work between 7 a.m. and  7:30 a.m. with the correct fee that was quoted when scheduling. At this time, he/she will complete some paperwork and be given their job location for the duration of their sentence. Defendant provides his/her own transportation to the job site, brings a sack lunch, and dress for the weather; long pants and shoes are required; no shorts or sandals. Work assignments involve outdoor and indoor labor such as lawn work, picking up trash, shoveling snow and cleaning animal cages.

Eligibility for Participation

A person may be permitted to participate in a county jail work program if the person:

  • Has been sentenced to the county jail for an offense and is not confined in the county jail upon process in a civil action or prior to examination or trial;
  • Is not serving a sentence for homicide, robbery, sexual intercourse without consent, arson, burglary, kidnapping, escape, assault, partner or family member assault, incest, or any other offense in which violence is an element of the crime or for an offense during the course of which bodily injury occurred;
  • Was not prohibited from participating in the county work program by the sentencing judge, or justice of the peace.

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