“We are very pleased that we’ve been able to move all Wyoming inmates back to Wyoming,” said Deputy Administrator Dawn Sides. “This is an important day. We know that we can do a much better job in-state of providing inmates opportunities to change the behaviors that brought them to prison.” She
added that having inmates closer to families, so that they can visit more often, will also help inmates’ successful rehabilitation.
On Wednesday, January 20, 126 inmates arrived from Virginia by plane at the Cheyenne Airport and on Thursday, January 21, another 127 inmates arrived from Virginia by plane at the Casper Airport. Over the next few days the final 16 inmates arrived by vans from Virginia. Inmates were then delivered to the Wyoming State Penitentiary, the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution and the other facilities.
“I think that the folks in Torrington, having never seen our prison business, were taken by surprise on Wednesday when our convoy arrived in town,” said Ms. Sides. “Numerous vehicles with lights flashing, including two large buses from the Colorado Department of Corrections, our WDOC bus, and a number of vans and other accompanying vehicles came rolling into town and literally stopped traffic.” She mentioned that the same scenario took place in Rawlins the following day, but due to the years of experience that the town has had with the Wyoming State Penitentiary, residents barely took notice.
Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?
Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.
If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.
Monday, February 01, 2010