Former prison guard awarded $250K in state settlement

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The Richard C. Wallace Building at the Montana State Prison is named for a correctional officer who was killed when a propane tank exploded while a Department of Corrections administrative building was under construction.

Thomas Plank, Independent Record PHIL DRAKE

A courtyard near the entrance to the Montana State Prison. 

Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard

The state of Montana has reached a $250,000 settlement with a former Department of Corrections employee who said he had faced discrimination and retaliation in 2016 for his post-traumatic stress disorder while working at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

The settlement is the highest amount listed on the State Employee Settlement Data site, a transparency feature, since it started nearly two years ago. It’s nearly 443% more than the next-highest listed payment of $46,990 paid to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employee in October.

The website previously listed a $118,708 settlement paid to a

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