WPR News
7:25 pm
Tue January 4, 2005

Governor Stands Up for Prison Site Selection

Laramie, Wy – The mayor of Rawlins is criticizing the process that led to the choice of Torrington over Rawlins and Riverton for the site of a medium-security prison.
But Governor Freudenthal is standing by the process.
Corrections officials announced last month that they believe the prison should be built in Torrington. It will now be up to state to confirm the site for the 650-bed facility when they meet for this year's legislative session, which begins next Tuesday.
Freudenthal says Corrections Director Bob Lampert acknowledged and corrected problems with the site selection process. But the governor does NOT think that those problems were serious enough to invalidate the outcome.
He says if the decision weren't based on an established process,
it could become a political decision.