Wyoming State Jails
The 9th largest of the US states, located in the Rocky Mountain region of the northwestern US, Wyoming is bordered on the North by Montana; on the East by South Dakota and Nebraska; on the South by Colorado and Utah; and on the West by Utah, Idaho, and Montana. Throughout Wyoming's 23 counties there are 23 jail facilities with a combined rated capacity of 2,506 inmates.
There is no state jail inspection or standards program. (2007) The Department Of Corrections Division of Field Services supervises 5,438 probationers and 727 parolees in 24 field offices. (2008) With a total population of 510,000, Wyoming had a total crime index of 17,242 or 1 crime for every 29.54 people, making their rate 20% lower than the national average rate. Property crimes account for around 92.1% of the crime rate in Wyoming which is 15% lower than the national rate. The remaining 6.3% are violent crimes and are about 49% lower than other states.
Population in Jail:
When the Wyoming Department of Corrections was created in 1991 it assumed management of four institutions that had previously been under the administration of the Board of Charities and Reform; absorbed the adult offender programs in the Department of Probation and Parole and continued to provide support for the Board of Parole. Taxpayers in Wyoming paid on average $43,111 to house an inmate in 2009 this is 33% higher than the national average of $28,689.
Wyoming has a rate 13% lower than the national average of incarcerated adults per 100,000, whilst their average number of probationers per 100,000 people is 28% lower than the national average. Wyoming has a rate 43% lower than the national average number of parolees per 100,000 people.
In 2009 a 720-bed, medium-security prison at Torrington, officially known as the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution, opened to help with jail overcrowding. In mates that may have been out of state were transferred back to Wyoming. The new prison is part of an expansion plan that Department of Corrections initiated six years ago to meet inmate needs. The ambitious building program included expanding the Wyoming State Penitentiary at Rawlins and doubling the size of the Women’s Center at Lusk. Not all of the re-entry inmates entered the Torrington facility. The new prison will also has medical, segregation and long-term substance abuse treatment units.