An initial rejection of funding by the governor’s office and the death of a “sin tax” raise fears funding woes will kill Wyoming’s criminal justice reform before it’s begun.
Shipping inmates to county jails or private out-of-state prisons won’t solve Department of Corrections’ problems.
Low staffing at the Wyoming State Penitentiary and the Wyoming Women’s Center could jeopardize safety, prison director Bob Lampert told lawmakers Thursday.
Last year inmates spent two months on average in jails after sentencing, awaiting a prison bed and losing opportunities to reduce time with good behavior.
Released incarcerees of Wyoming’s only women’s prison denounce crumbling facilities, punitive use of jails.