WPR News
9:13 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Wyoming wants stimulus money to go for Juvenile issues

Cheyenne, Wy – Federal economic stimulus funding could be used to help build juvenile detention facilities in Wyoming, including a juvenile jail in Casper. Gov. Dave Freudenthal is seeking $15 million in stimulus funding to spend on juvenile facilities.
The money would help replace a much-criticized Casper juvenile
detention center. It would also help Wyoming set up short-term
holding facilities for juvenile arrestees that would substitute for
jails.
Meanwhile, Volunteers of America in Sheridan is watching what's
being done with federal money it has disbursed with the goal of
keeping youngsters out of detention.
The nonprofit group has distributed $817,000 to help Wyoming
communities develop alternatives to juvenile detention.