Rawlins, WY | Wyoming State Penitentiary

About the Wyoming State Penitentiary

The Wyoming State Penitentiary (WSP) is a high custody facility for both general population and administrative segregation housing. WSP is one of the larger WDOC facilities and typically the location most in need of correctional officers. WSP offers an intensive Field Training Officer (FTO) program once candidates complete Basic Training Academy to ensure our staff are highly trained. The primary goal for the Education Department at WSP is to provide a basic level of education that will enable inmates to successfully engage with the world around them. Adult male offenders are offered a variety of classroom and video educational and vocational programs. The institution also has a growing correctional industries program. To learn more about the Wyoming State Penitentiary, click here.

About Rawlins

  • Population: 9,173
  • Ideally located near Seminoe State Park which offers boating, tent and trailer camping, and hiking opportunities.
  • Nearby BLM land features sand dunes open to off-road vehicles.
  • “Miracle Mile” is only a short drive away and provides renowned fly-fishing.
  • Seminoe Reservoir offers swimming, boating, fishing, and sandy beaches.
  • Within easy driving distance of the Snowy Range in Medicine Bow National Forest
  • Near the famous Hobo Hot Springs on the North Platte River
  • Access to outdoor activities including rafting, mountain biking, skiing, and snowshoeing
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About the Wyoming Honor Farm

The Wyoming Honor Farm (WHF) houses 283 adult male offenders and is classified as a minimum custody facility. Established in 1931, the Honor Farm is located one mile north of Riverton, Wyoming. The Honor Farm’s Wild Horse Program, begun in 1988, plays an integral part in inmate rehabilitation by providing an opportunity for inmates to learn how to respect animals and people through day-to-day challenges. Respect is a life skill that many inmates need help developing while incarcerated, and those in the Wild Horse Program work together as a team to develop respect for the opinions and goals of others. Inmates working with horses learn that through respect and patience, even a wild animal will respond in a positive manner. The Honor Farm was recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes. View the story by clicking here. To learn more about the Wyoming Honor Farm, click here.

About Riverton

  • Population: 10,990
  • Home to the Wind River Hotel and Casino
  • A three hour drive to Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park
  • A short trip from hunting, fishing, hiking, and rock climbing opportunities
  • Home to the 18-hole Riverton Country Club golf course
  • Features six community parks and four athletics fields
  • Located near the Wind River Indian reservation, home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes
  • Rails to Trails trail allows biking, walking, and jogging through town via a former railroad right-of-way
  • Multiple indoor fitness facilities and an aquatic center with an Olympic-size pool
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About the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution

The Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) is specifically designed to serve as the main intake and assessment center for male inmates not sentenced to death. It serves as a primary education and treatment center for inmates identified as requiring high levels of protective custody and medical, mental health, dental, substance abuse, life skills, cognitive/behavioral, and/or sex offender treatment services. To learn more about the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution, click here.

About Torrington

  • Population: 6,800
  • Goshen County is known for upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and features guiding services and hunting facilities
  • 18-hole Cottonwood at Torrington golf course
  • Located near Hawk Springs and Hawk Springs Reservoir for boating, water skiing, and camping opportunities
  • Features municipal swimming pool and 10-hole mini-golf course
  • Hawk Springs Reservoir fishing is top notch with walleye, large-mouth bass, yellow perch, and channel catfish as well as ice fishing during winter months
  • Rawhide Wildlife Habitat Nature trail provides year-round opportunities for photography, camping, and hiking as well as the chance to see a wide array of wildlife
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About the Wyoming Women’s Center

The Wyoming Women’s Center was first established on June 20, 1977 and was temporarily located on Wyoming State Hospital grounds in Evanston, Wyoming. In 1980, the Wyoming State Legislature formally created the Wyoming Women’s Center, and by 1981 had authorized the establishment of a permanent facility in Lusk, Wyoming. The original housing capacity of the Women’s Center facility was 82 beds, and with recent construction, the housing capacity has increased to 261 in the main facility and an additional 32 beds in the Intensive Treatment Unit. To learn more about the Wyoming Women’s Center, click here.

About Lusk

  • Population: 1,617
  • A gateway to South Dakota’s Black Hills
  • Fishing, hunting, boating, and hiking
  • Home to one of the region’s premiere 9-hole golf courses, located at the headwaters of the Niobrara river
  • Host of the Legend of Rawhide, an annual western history show
  • An hour’s drive from Guernsey State Park and reservoir, which provides trailer and tent camping and features the historic Guernsey Museum
  • Guernsey State Park provides extensive trails for hiking
  • Short drive to Paleo Park where visitors can prospect for dinosaur fossils
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About the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and Boot Camp

The Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp (WHCC) was constructed on state land north of the town of Newcastle and in 1989, 24 minimum custody inmates were transferred to Newcastle to begin reconstruction of the modular buildings that would become the kitchen and dining facility, inmate barracks, and offices. Since its modest beginning, the WHCC has grown into a prison containing three dorms housing 238 minimum security inmates, and features a double fenced-in secure boot camp building which houses 56 inmates. The WHCC now includes a warehouse, as well as programming, vocational, recreational, and educational space, to allow us to meet the goal of reducing recidivism through cognitive and behavioral intervention. To learn more about the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp, click here.

About Newcastle

  • Population: 3,521
  • Close to hunting and fishing opportunities
  • Near South Dakota’s legendary Black Hills
  • Within an easy drive of Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower National Monument
  • Newcastle Country Club offers a 9-hole course
  • Miles of groomed and ungroomed snowmobile and cross-country ski trails in Weston County Mallo camp and Black Hills National Forest
  • Terry Peak and Deer Mountain Ski Areas provide alpine skiing
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