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New documentary looks at addiction and jail in Montana

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MISSOULA - Ninety percent of Montana inmates are charged with an addiction-related offense, according to the ACLU Montana.

A new documentary looks at ways to tackle the overcrowding in Montana's 36 jails, according to a release from UM.

The documentary, "Montana Jails Slammed for Solutions," was made by nine students from the University of Montana School of Journalism.

The students followed subjects including a mother with multiple DUIs in Glendive and a man with DUIs doing community service in Lake County. It asks whether alternative programs like community service can help people break patterns of addiction and crime.

The documentary will premiere on Friday, May 11, at 5 PM, in the University Center Theatre. The event is free.

You can also catch the show on Thursday, May 17, at 7:30 PM on MonatnaPBS.

The nine students involved are:

The journalism students involved are:

  • Maria Anderson, producer, from Kent, Washington
  • Tiffany Folkes, director, from Duvall, Washington
  • Matt Skillman from Ennis
  • Sophie Trouw from Fairfax, California
  • Meri DeMarois from Missoula
  • Joseph Perea from Virginia City
  • Posie Buffington from Wayzata, Minnesota
  • Natasha Woodworth from Columbia Falls
  • Julie Beanes-Magnuson from Los Angeles.
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