The Montana Department of Corrections has asked for more information from two competitors bidding to operate one of its programs. One of the competitors is a jail financed by revenue bonds that is sitting empty without inmates or revenue.

The 464-bed Two Rivers Detention Center in Hardin was financed with a $27 million tax-exempt revenue bond issue sold in 2006 through the Two Rivers Authority. It was built to generate jobs for the small town of Hardin, but was unable to land contracts for inmates after construction was finished in 2007.

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