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.