Prison Population Climbs

Laramie, Wy – The population in Wyoming's prisons grew by over a hundred in 2004. As of June of last year there were 1900 people in county jails and the state's four prison facilities. The spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, Melinda Brazaale, says an increase in drug use is one cause of the growth of the prison population, another is people violating the terms of their probation.
Brazzale says right now there are 600 people that are in out of state prisons, but they will bring them back to Wyoming soon. That's because there are expansion projects at all the facilities and a new medium security should be completed by the summer of 2007.