Corrections Chief Analyzing Prison Needs

Rawlins, WY – The new Department of Corrections director is taking a scientific approach to Wyoming's prison needs. Bob Lampert says he's in the process of developing siting instruments to determine where the department might build new prison beds. Lampert started his new job earlier this month. He meets with the Joint Appropriations Committee in January. At that time, Lampert says he hopes to have the basics of a sound corrections plan in place, with population projections, housing needs and a rough plan of how the state can meet those needs. Fundamentally, Lampert says he wants to bring Wyoming's inmates home that are housed out of state. And while he understands prison location decisions can be pure politics, Lampert says there are other driving forces to be considered.