Rawlins, WY – The doors are unlocked and the cell blocks empty. A new building at the state penitentiary in Rawlins is ready to house up to 176 inmates. But a staffing shortage has left the space empty since spring.
For now, the department of corrections uses the new building as a training facility until it can hire the staff it needs to watch over the inmates.
For lack of a better word, it's taxpayer dollars being wasted every day that it's empty, says spokesman Monte Thayer.