WPR News
6:01 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Wyoming's correctional rate doubled 1982 and 2007

Cheyenne, WY – A new study finds that one out of every 38 adults in Wyoming is in the correctional system. That means they're either incarcerated, or on probation or parole.
The Pew Center on the States, an independent nonprofit research group, released the study Monday. It says more than 10,600 adults were in the Wyoming correctional system as of 2007, including more than 2,000 in prison and more than 5,300 on probation.
The study ranks Wyoming 30th among states for its 2.7 percent correctional rate for adults. That's more than double the correctional rate in 1982.
A Wyoming Department of Corrections official says Wyoming's budget for corrections has grown in proportion to the overall state budget growth.