ACLU: Prison Housing Not Enough to Fix Staff Shortage

Laramie, WY – The American Civil Liberties Union in Wyoming says the state's latest attempt to build staff housing for the penitentiary in Rawlins is a step in the right direction, but warns that it won't solve the prison's staffing shortage. Wyoming's Executive Director Linda Burt says housing isn't the only problem keeping workers away.

Over the years, the ACLU has sparred with the corrections department over a prison staffing shortage. The department announced this week that it's seeking proposals from contractors to build 50 staff housing units. Burt says she hopes the plan will help recruiting efforts.