This is How Serious the Jail Problem is in Billings, Montana
How bad is the crime problem in Billings? How overcrowded is the jail in Billings? If you ask me- this was the biggest news that came out of the Billings City Council meeting on Monday night.
I don't know if any of the local Billings news outlets covered this. I did see that the City of Billings sent out a press release about long lines at the airport due to staffing issues. That press release obviously got copy and pasted by a few local outlets.
So here's the other big story: :
Billings Police officers encountered 48 people with warrants over the past week but couldn’t take them to the county jail due to limited space. City Administrator Chris Kukulski worked with the police department to get these numbers and plans to give an update every Monday. There have been 1,363 interactions like this since the start of the year. Police Chief Rich St. John answered questions on the issue from the council. Follow this link to hear the entire report: https://youtu.be/yDpx27QW7ss?t=1515
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