Billings, MT - The Montana Department of Corrections has agreed to offer a boot camp for female prisoners to settle claims it discriminated against women inmates by requiring them to participate in degrading treatment programs.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana announced the settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit the group brought on behalf of seven inmates at the Montana Women's Prison in Billings. The state also agreed pay $50,000 in attorney fees.
The lawsuit targeted the prison's six-year-old "Right Living Community" program. The ACLU claimed female inmates who participated received little training and were forced to participate in mandatory rounds of children's games like "Duck Duck Goose."
The boot camp for women will begin Nov. 1 in Deer Lodge and offer an alternative to incarceration already available to some male defendants.