Cuts to the Department of Corrections, among the many budget reductions Gov. Mark Gordon called “devastating,” could decrease public safety both in and out of the state’s prisons.
criminal justice reform
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.
Overcrowding, understaffing and deteriorating facilities have led to increased inmate violence and unhealthy conditions, three inmates contend.
The Wyoming Senate advanced bills to reduce imprisonment from probation violations as part of a years-long criminal justice reform effort.
Lawmakers advanced four bills suggested by CJR experts to stem Wyoming’s prison crisis.