The empty Two Rivers Detention Facility in Hardin, Mont. (Larry Mayer/Billings Gazette)

The empty Two Rivers Detention Facility in Hardin, Mont. (Larry Mayer/Billings Gazette)

When inmates for a new jail built by the small town of Hardin, Mont., as an economic driver failed to materialize, the nearby Crow Tribe looked into acquiring the facility. Luckily for the tribe, that didn’t work out. The empty Two Rivers Detention Facility has attracted one cockamamie idea after another – a suggestion by Hardin officials that it could house Gitmo prisoners guaranteed the jail its 15 minutes of fame – but nothing so weird as the plans announced a couple of days ago.

As this story by the AP’s Matthew Brown details, the fanfare surrounding the town’s announcement of a contract with American Police Force of California to finally put the jail to use appears to have been premature. American Police Force claims to sell assault rifles and other weapons in Afghanistan on behalf of the U.S. military. But every single thing about the firm – from its “virtual” offices to the utter lack of details about its parent firm – appears murky, if not downright shady.

Which is a shame, because true economic development in Hardin could only benefit the tribe, whose reservation borders the town. But a jail – especially this one – doesn’t seem to have been the way to go.

Gwen Florio

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3 comments so far

Crow Dude

If you think that “true economic development in Hardin could benefit the tribe” you obviously don’t know a thing about reservation border towns in Montana. I hope that the developers don’t get any contract what so ever. Why would any one in their right mind build something like that with out first securing contracts? As far as economic development on reservations goes, support your native businesses. And above all…close your bank accounts at 1st Interstate and bank elsewhere. Remember per cap day when you stand in line just to get turned away just because you don’t have two forms of id, and here’s the kicker…per cap checks are from 1st Interstate. Does that say anything to you? To me it says…”you stupid indian, I make millions off you people and still treat you like poop” Wake up Crows!!!

September 13th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Re “true economic development in Hardin could benefit the tribe” — that was just me being an optimist. “Support your Native business” is definitely something I should have said!

September 13th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
Jackie Trotchie

I still don’t understand why this jail was empty when we have to recruit prisoners from other States to keep the existing ones full and yet cry over the need for more jails to house Montana prisoners. Is this a matter of profiteers not making enough money to pay for their investments. Something is seriously wrong with the existing system for housing prisoners.

September 14th, 2009 at 7:18 am

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