- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Officials from a jail in Hardin that has mostly sat empty since it opened in 2007 are looking to take in prisoners from the overcrowded Yellowstone County jail.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1SJuySe ) Warden Mike Porter told Yellowstone County officials Wednesday they could send prisoners to the Hardin jail for $68 a day per inmate.

The Yellowstone County jail is about 200 inmates over capacity. Porter urged county officials to make use of the Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility, which has 464 beds.

But Yellowstone County officials have expressed concerns over whether the facility meets jail standards, its supervision of inmates and the building’s lack of natural lighting.

The Hardin jail has struggled to find inmate contracts for revenue since the Bureau of Indian Affairs dropped its contract in October.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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