WPR News
9:56 am
Mon April 17, 2006

WY Prisons Scramble for Workers

Rawlins, WY – As the state Department of Corrections
looks to fill hundreds of prison jobs in Wyoming, it faces a particularly tough time with filling positions in Rawlins. Rawlins is home to the Wyoming State Penitentiary, which has about 60 vacant jobs now. Corrections recruiting manager Brenda Reedy she must recruit out of state for openings at Rawlins because many people in Wyoming don't want to move there. Agency Operations Chief Martha Buchanan says the lack of housing and child care in Rawlins scare off some potential employees. The department has tried to emphasize the soon-to-open Kids Campus the prison will jointly run with the Carbon County Higher Education Center, but still has trouble.