Low staffing at the Wyoming State Penitentiary and the Wyoming Women’s Center could jeopardize safety, prison director Bob Lampert told lawmakers Thursday.
Wyoming Department of Corrections
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.
Lawmakers’ and Gov. Matt Mead’s decision to cut $4.5 million from substance abuse programs in prisons is costing the state money, WDOC director said.
Wyoming considers throwing good money after bad at the state prison, gambling with the safety of inmates and prison staff.