Detention Center

Staff & Vision

The Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center was built in 2004. The detention center operates 365 days a year and employs 27 Detention Officers and five civilian staff. The detention center has an inmate capacity of 72. It is the mission of the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center to provide a safe and secure environment for the housing of inmates placed under our care in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements.

Inmate Classification

All inmates at the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center are classified using a specific system, which is basically a risk assessment. The classification of all inmates, security of other inmates and detention staff is greatly increased. We have a team of detention officers that research the inmate’s personal and criminal history. They also consider the inmate’s past and present behavior when in custody. Mental or physical disabilities are also reviewed when determining appropriate housing.

Upon completion of the classification process, inmates are placed in housing units that range from minimum to maximum-security levels.

Intake and Booking

The Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center’s intake / booking area is where all arrested adults are processed. Our staff uses the highest professional standards while maintaining the respect and dignity of those arrested. Arrested individuals are brought to our detention center and turned over to our booking officers. The intake process begins and arrestees are asked a series of questions by the booking officer.

The arrestees are then booked in, photographed, and fingerprinted. Once this process is competed, they are allowed to use the phone to contact a bondsmen, family member, or friends. If the arrestee cannot bond out or the offense is not bondable, they are transferred to the housing unit after classification. There is a $25 booking fee assessed on all arrestees.

Visiting an Inmate

Inmates are responsible for setting up visitation on their day. Visitors must have a photo ID in order to visit. No cell phones are allowed, money has to be mailed in. Only thing allowed in will be the visitor's vehicle key.

Visitation Schedule:

TuesdayA Pod Females
WednesdayB Pod
ThursdayE Pod
FridayF Pod
SaturdayC Pod
SundayD Pod & Minimum

Inmate Programs

We offer both Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. We have a therapist that is able to assist with mental health and cognitive-based programming. This programming has a positive effect on both the inmates, as well as the community. It assists in reducing recidivism, which directly effects healthcare and law enforcement costs.

Health Services

The purpose of the health services is to provide quality medical care while at the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center. We make our health care services available to all inmates. We have a mental health therapist, registered nurse and medical doctor that provide the medical care. Emergency dental care is also available.

We do charge a co-pay for medical services and prescription medications. The co-pay will not exceed $10. We do not charge a co-pay for mental health services. Our health care providers work hard to meet the needs of all of our patients.


We do accept volunteers for our religious services, AA, and NA programs. Please call the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center at 406-497-1050 for a volunteer application and further assistance.

  1. Ray Vaughn


  2. Mark Johnson

    Chief Detention Officer