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Cascade County Sheriff's Department

Inmate Populations for Select County Jails in Montana
Charles Bolte / Montana Public Radio

County jail populations dropped this spring as the state reacted to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Now, with cases of COVID-19 on the rise, inmate populations in several of Montana’s largest county jails are growing and cell blocks are crowded. Some advocates are calling for more action to reduce the number of people locked up during this time. But local sheriffs say they’re balancing virus risks and public safety. It’s all leaving some inmates worried about their health.

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Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards will be asked to surrender his peace officer and coroner certifications, a law enforcement oversight group determined Tuesday. Edwards was charged with misdemeanor assault last June after an argument with his girlfriend; he returned to work in August.