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.
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Wyoming’s Department of Corrections has yet to report a confirmed COVID-19 case among its inmates, bucking national trends.
Four staff members recently emerged from quarantine, two inmates have tested negative for COVID-19, two more tests are pending.
Shipping inmates to county jails or private out-of-state prisons won’t solve Department of Corrections’ problems.
Overcrowding, understaffing and deteriorating facilities have led to increased inmate violence and unhealthy conditions, three inmates contend.