WPR News
10:12 am
Thu July 19, 2007

Corrections Dept. Seeks To Build Worker Housing

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Corrections is seeking proposals from contractors to build 50 residential housing units in Rawlins for workers at the state penitentiary there.

Bob Lampert is director of the corrections department. He says that lack of affordable housing in Rawlins has been a major barrier to filling vacancies at the prison.

Corrections officials have said that more than one-third of the 322 authorized security positions at the Rawlins prison have been vacant in recent months.

Lampert told Governor Dave Freudenthal and other members of the State Building Commission yesterday (Wednesday) that the corrections department needs to have immediate and designated housing for its staff in Rawlins.

Freudenthal says he supports the department getting proposals from contractors. But the governor says he's not committed to executing the plan to build the housing.