|Wyoming Inmates Relocated to Mississippi Correctional Facility|
|By Wyoming Department of Corrections|
Cheyenne –The Wyoming Department of Corrections transferred a total of 88 Wyoming State Penitentiary inmates to Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, Mississippi.
60 of those inmates were moved on April 4, 2018, and the remaining 28 were moved on April 12, 2018. After a bus ride of approximately 32 hours, all inmates arrived safe and accounted for and are now going through the orientation process at their new facility.
Although it was not the WDOC’s preference, the transfer of inmates out of state was deemed necessary by the Department for multiple reasons:
There are a number of inmates housed in Wyoming county jails awaiting transfer to the Wyoming Department of Corrections. This allows for additional bed space in order to absorb these inmates into WDOC facilities.
Furthermore, as a multitude of contractors have begun repairs to the Wyoming State Penitentiary, it allows flexibility for internal inmate movement as this process continues.
In addition, WSP has relied on assistance from other WDOC facilities in order to augment staffing needs. This move will relieve the pressure placed both on institutional staff and WDOC staff who were required to work an abundance of overtime.
After considering a variety of options, Department officials determined that transferring long-term, high custody inmates was the most appropriate and cost-effective option. According to WDOC Housing and Classification Manager Carl Voigtsberger, the Tallahatchie facility has everything the Department was looking for such as experienced staff, inmate job availability, education and programming, an excellent medical program, and –most notably- room. The facility is big enough to allow Wyoming inmates to be housed separate from other inmates.
Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility is a multi-custody facility operated by CoreCivic. The facility offers a number of institutional work and education programs, such as Adult Basic Education, Carpentry, Plumbing and Computer Training. In addition, the facility provides cognitive behavioral programs, such as Life Skills and Interpersonal Relationships, in order to assist the population with their programming needs.
The facility contact information is as follows:
Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility
415 US Hwy 49N
Tutwiler, MS 38963
Phone: (662) 345-6567
The transfer of inmates out of state, as allowed for under state statute, is not unprecedented in Wyoming. Beginning in 1995 the State moved several hundred inmates to a handful of correctional facilities across the Country. The inmates were brought back to Wyoming after the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington opened in 2010.
Although the recent move is not permanent, Voigtsberger said its unknown how long Wyoming inmates will stay in Mississippi. “It will depend on when the Department has adequate staffing levels to ensure inmate and staff safety,” he said. Voigtsberger also noted that if the prison population continues to grow, as data projections suggest, bed space will continue to be an issue.
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