WPR News
7:47 pm
Fri May 20, 2005

Wyoming Prisons Set to Accomodate Inmates with Disabilities

Laramie, Wy – The U-S Supreme Court is going to hear a case about whether states and counties can be sued for not accommodating the needs of disabled prisoners. The Court previously ruled that prisons need to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The spokesperson for the Wyoming Department of Corrections, Melinda Brazzale, says all their facilities meet A-D-A standards, so no matter what they will not likely have to do any retrofitting, especially because they are doing a lot of construction at existing facilities and building a new prison in Torrington that will be able accomodate prisoners with disabilities.
Brazzale says now there are a few inmates in Wyoming that are vision or hearing impaired and some use a wheelchair. She says as the prison population gets older there will be even more people with disabilities in the corrections system.