Too early is too soon

Lessons from the Montana Department of Corrections Early Release Program


The authors thank Montana Department of Corrections Director Mike Ferriter and Chief Information Officer John Daugherty for access to the data used in this study as well as Dewey Hall and Mark Johnson of the MT DOC Statistics Unit for help with data management issues. The views and opinions expressed by the authors do not necessarily represent those of the Montana Department of Corrections or its employees. Direct correspondence to Kevin A. Wright, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, 411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 600, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (e-mail: