A razor-wire fence surrounds a windowless concrete building that serves as one of the locked housing units at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

State settles decades-old lawsuit over inmate mistreatment

MISSOULA — The Montana Department of Corrections has reached a settlement with human rights groups that ends a nearly 30-year-old lawsuit over prison conditions stemming from a deadly 1991 prison riot at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. Missoula U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch on Friday signed-off on the settlement brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Montana, and Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center.

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