WPR News
8:16 pm
Mon November 8, 2004

Prison Population is Up

Laramie, Wy – The U-S Department of Justice has released figures showing that the number of people in Wyoming prisons increased by nearly eight percent in 2003. The actual increase in the number of prisoners is up by almost 150.
The Department of Justice says only Montana had a higher increase in the number of prisoners than Wyoming and the director of the Division of Criminal Investigation, Kurt Dobbs says he doesn't know why the Equality State saw the increase. He says the verdict is still out on whether it is due to new laws, though he has heard from some judges that the new methamphetamine law that increases penalties that use the drug around children may increase prison sentences.
Dobbs says methamphetamine and other crimes committed by drug users are factors in the increase.
At the end of 2003 there were almost 1900 people in Wyoming prisons 175 of them were women.