HARDIN - The Bureau of Indian Affairs is working to finalize an agreement to house prisoners in the Two Rivers Detention Facility in Hardin, which has sat vacant for about a year.
During a recent U.S. Senate committee hearing in Washington, D.C., Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) asked BIA Director Bryan Rice about the lease application for the jail.
Rice told Sen. Daines the application is being "fast-tracked" and said the "target date" is 90 days, which could be January of 2018.
A spokesman said the BIA is working to provide more documents to the General Services Agency for review. Since the deal is not yet finalized, none of the other contract details have been made public.
The Two Rivers Detention Facility was built in 2007 and billed as a big job creator for Hardin as a private prison. Most of those promises went unrealized, however, and it remained vacant until 2014.
Emerald Correctional Management briefly ran the jail and housed some prisoners, but the firm stopped managing the building last year.