September
Council holds initial meeting

Chaired by Corrections Director Reginald D. Michael, the new council holds its first meeting in Helena. 2017

 

April
Comprehensive justice reform enacted

The 2017 Legislature passes Montana’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative, creating a Criminal Justice Oversight Council and “front loading” resources for individuals in the early stages of the justice system.

 

January
CSG issues final report

The report outlines policy recommendations developed jointly with the Commission.

 

June
Bipartisan request for assistance

Gov. Bullock, Chief Justice Mike McGrath, Attorney General Tim Fox, bipartisan legislative leadership and Corrections Director Mike Batista ask the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center to assist the Commission.

2015
 

April
Bill creates Commission on Sentencing

Gov. Steve Bullock signs SB 224, introduced by Sen. Cynthia Wolken, into law. The Commission is charged with making recommendations to the 65th Legislature to safely reduce incarceration and recidivism.