Cheyenne, Wy – The American Civil Liberties Union says
staffing problems at the state penitentiary in Rawlins may pose a
danger to staff and prisoners.
More than one-third of the authorized security positions at the
Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins are currently vacant.
Melinda Brazzale is spokeswoman for the Department of
Corrections. Brazzale says the Rawlins prison is authorized to have
322 employees in security positions but has 116 vacancies - more
than 36 percent of authorized positions.
Lawyer Stephen Pevar of the A-C-L-U wrote to the Wyoming
Attorney General's Office today (Monday).
Pevar stated that officers at the Rawlins prison said that
short-staffing led to an inmate being attacked by other inmates
there this January.
Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank said today (Monday) that he
hasn't seen Pevar's letter and couldn't comment on it.
Scott Abbott chief of operations for the Division of Prisons and
former warden at Rawlins says the prison administration is
concerned about the vacancy rate. But he emphasizes that security
at the penitentiary is more than adequate.