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.
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.
A good education costs plenty but it’s far cheaper than incarcerating the uneducated. More than one-third of Wyoming inmates dropped out of high school.
The Wyoming Senate advanced bills to reduce imprisonment from probation violations as part of a years-long criminal justice reform effort.