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By Bill Burt
Missoula, Montana 

Vote for change - Bring safety back to Missoula

Letter to the Editor


September 15, 2022

During my law enforcement career, I served in many capacities. The last seven years were spent as an administrator serving as Patrol and Administrative Captain. It was during these years that the Jail Diversion Master Plan (JDMP) was developed, something that we at the Sheriff’s Office are proud to have been part of.

Jail diversion was created out of necessity. It was something wanted by the public, needed for overcrowding issues and became essential when COVID was at its peak. The purpose of jail diversion is to provide alternatives to incarceration for first-time offenders in non-viol...

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