Missoula County receives funding to study jail overcrowding (Missoulian)

MISSOULA COUNTY — Missoula County has emerged as one of six governments that will receive funding from a University of Utah program looking to develop innovative ways to address a range of social issues, from homelessness to jail overcrowding.

The county applied for the competitive Pay for Success grant from the Policy Innovation Lab. It will receive $80,000 to study the feasibility of developing new ways to address overcrowding at the Missoula County Detention Facility.

“That funding will help pay for a project analyst to assist in looking at the feasibility of implementing the Pay for Success model,” said Ann Hughes, communications director for Missoula County. “It’ll look at whether that approach might be something that works in our community.”

Hughes said a search for a project analyst is underway. The grant funds the position through March 31, 2016. It also covers travel costs, consulting fees and other expenses.