Task Force Recommends Emergency Repairs To State Pen

AP 7-7,2016

A Wyoming legislative task force recommends Gov. Matt Mead approve spending $3.5 million for emergency improvements at the state prison in Rawlins.

A legislative task force voted Wednesday to request that the governor approve the money to build a new electrical services building at the prison and make repairs to a crumbling wall.

House Speaker Kermit Brown, a Laramie Republican, says lawmakers will meet with Mead this week.

Corrections Department Director Robert Lampert warned lawmakers that the room housing all electrical and security services equipment at the prison is currently leaking and equipment could fail. He recommended the state build a new modular building.

Lampert also said it’s critical that the state repair a cracking gymnasium wall at the prison that supports the weight of the building’s roof.