Community Involvement


The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) seeks to involve all facets of the community, which includes, but is not limited to, victims and their families, programs for offenders, their families, involvement in community activities and partnerships with other criminal justice agencies.

WDOC has several community involvement programs.  One of these programs is the Prison Community Partnership Committee (PCPC). It serves as a community-based conduit through which information is disseminated to and received from the public. 

We are also looking for community organizations, businesses, religious groups, and others willing to work with offenders before and after release from prison.

Volunteer in Prisons

 The Wyoming Department of Corrections believes that volunteers are an essential component to programming in our correctional institutions. Therefore, we welcome volunteers in many different areas.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteers promote public safety and reduce criminal behavior. Many volunteers desire to give something back to society by helping out others who are less fortunate. As a volunteer with WDOC, you encourage offenders to turn away from violence and victimization, change criminal patterns, and successfully return to society as better citizens. Correctional volunteers serve in a variety of meaningful roles:

  • Broaden specific activities and programs
  • Bring diverse opportunities and experiences to the Wyoming Department of Corrections
  • Enrich inmate growth and development
  • Give encouragement and hope to offenders and their families
  • Serve as a liaison between the Wyoming Department of Corrections and the community by opening channels of communication and creating positive interactions between them
  • Foster a better understanding of the Department in the community
  • Facilitate re-entry of offenders into communities
  • Maintain a just and humane approach to Corrections by modeling  positive character traits while in the prison setting
  • Create a constructive social outlet that enhances an offender’s self-worth
  • Teach offenders to make important changes in their lives
  • Bring a sense of caring to the Correctional setting

The following is a list of programs that are currently available in Wyoming’s correctional facilities:

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Programs
  • Education Programs
  • Recreational Programs
  • Faith Based Groups
  • Cognitive Behavior Intervention Programs

Want to Volunteer?

If you have an idea for a new program, please contact the facility's Volunteer Program Manager.  If you want to volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application, print and mail it to the appropriate contact person.

Please review the Volunteer Handbook 

Please download the Volunteer Application

 

Prison Community Partnership Committee

What is a PCPC?

A Prison Community Partnership Committee serves as a citizen advisory group to the correctional facility’s warden and designated Wyoming Department of Corrections representatives regarding correctional issues, activities and practices affecting their community(ies). Members are appointed for 3-year terms, serve in a volunteer capacity, and receive no financial compensation.

The goal of the WDOC is to have a PCPC for each correctional institution. The department currently has a PCPC at each of the following institutions:

  • Wyoming Women’s Center, Lusk 
  • Wyoming State Penitentiary, Rawlins
  • Wyoming Honor Conservation/Boot Camp, Newcastle
  • Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution, Torrington
Responsibilities of a PCPC

A Prison Community Partnership Committee
  1.  Serves as a citizen advisory group to the correctional facility’s warden and designated WDOC representatives regarding correctional issues, activities and practices affecting their community(ies)
  2.  Promotes open and effective communication between affected commity(ies) and WDOC officials during the life of the institution, from sitting through operation and ultimate closure
  3. Serves as a community-based conduit through which information is disseminated to and received from the public
  4. Works in cooperation with the warden or other designated WDOC staff to address specific issues that develop during the life of the correctional facility
  5. Assists the warden or other designated WDOC staff in developing and promoting safe opportunities for the utilization of inmate labor, at the correctional facility and within the community
  6. Works in cooperation with the warden or other designated WDOC staff to promote, support, and communicate the mission, vision and values of the WDOC to the community
Member Eligibility

Any adult individual, residing or working within an affected community, may be a member of a PCPC. Ex-offenders are eligible to serve as members of PCPCs if they have been off supervision for a minimum of three years, are nominated and selected and meet all other criteria for membership. Individuals must complete an application and pass a criminal background check, and then be approved by the warden. Terms are three years.

 

PCPC Member Composition

Positions on a PCPC may be filled by individuals from any of the categories listed below.

  • Public safety agencies
  • Crime victims
  • Higher education
  • Primary and secondary education
  • Health care providers (including mental health and substance abuse service providers)
  • Business community/Chamber of Commerce
  • Social services
  • Judiciary
  • Ministerial association/religious community
  • Civic and community organizations
  • Employment and training/economic development
  • Housing/real estate
  • Professional services
  • Utility providers
  • Media
  • Community-at-large, including offender families
To Apply for Membership

To apply for membership in a specific PCPC, read the policy (click here). Complete the application packet (click here) – General Information Sheet, Consent for Criminal Background Check, and Conflict of Interest Statement. Then, print and mail the forms to the facility concerned.

  • Wyoming State Penitentiary
  • P.O. Box 400
  • Rawlins, WY 82301
  • Attn:  Joan Thayer 
  •                    
  • Wyoming Honor Conservation/Boot Camp
  • 40 Pippin Road
  • Newcastle, WY
  • Attn: Audra Dudzinski
  • Wyoming Women’s Center
  • P.O. Box 300
  • Lusk, WY 82225
  • Attn:  Chris Thayer
  • Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution
  • Eastern Wyoming College (temporary address)
  • Tebbet Building, Room 132 
  • Torrington, WY 82240
  • Attn: Dee Herdt 

Correctional Industries Advisory Board

The Correctional Industries Advisory Board was created in 1999 when the Correctional Industries Program legislation passed (W.S. 25-13-101 through 107). Click here to read the full statutes.  

The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor, each serving a three-year term. Membership on the Board includes representatives of organized labor, business, the criminal justice system and the educational community.

The Director of the Wyoming Department of Corrections and the Director of the Wyoming Department of Employment, or their designees, serve as ex-officio non-voting members of the Board.

The Board recommends to the Governor and the Department of Corrections policies for correctional industries programs following criteria in the statutes.


Community Service by Inmates


Wyoming Women's Center, Lusk

  • Cleaning of Sportsman's Club building and mowing of grounds
  • Recycling at WWC to reduce waste to local landfill
  • Assist the Town of Lusk recycling center
  • Assist with cleanup for local community annual Rawhide celebration
  • Highway clean-up
  • Assist the Town of Lusk by cleaning and sweeping city streets and public buildings
  • Assist the Town of Lusk with community projects
  • Care of community cemetery

Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp/Wyoming Boot Camp, Newcastle

  • General maintenance at
  • Weston County and Crook County Fairgrounds
  • Wyoming State Fairgrounds
  • NewcastleUpton, Lusk, Moorcroft, and Sundance city parks
  • Baseball fields in NewcastleUpton, and Moorcroft
  • NewcastleUpton, Lusk, Moorcroft, and Four Corners cemeteries
  • NewcastleUpton and Moorcroft museums
  • Weston CountyCrook CountyNiobrara County and Johnson County Conservation Districts
  • Keyhole State Park
  • Newcastle Fire Hall and Fire District shop
  • Weston County Road and Bridge
  • Weston County Public Health, Library, Law Enforcement, Courthouse and Visitors Center
  • Landfill cleanup for the cities of NewcastleUpton, Lusk, Moorcroft, and Gillette
  • Post peeling and banding operations
  • Thinning, skidding, slash burning, and post & firewood hauling on various state sections
  • Firewood processing
  • Wild land fire fighting in Wyoming and South Dakota
  • Prescribed burning with U.S.F.S., BLM, and National Park Service
  • Bird and bat house construction
  • Disaster clean up (tornado and storm damage)
  • Adopt-a-Highway cleanup for WYDOT
  • Sign construction for numerous governmental agencies
  • Weston County community garden development and maintenance

Wyoming Honor Farm, Riverton

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Bicycle donations to the Women’s Shelter and Good Samaritan Shelter
  • State Training School renovation
  • Highway clean-up
  • Inmate firefighting crew
  • Assisting with move of state offices
  • Riverton recreational area maintenance
  • Annual donation of WHF grown pumpkins to local elementary schools
  • Tent set-up for Fremont County Fair
  • Modeler’s Park clean-up
  • Fremont County Firefighters – Fire Hall
  • Legionnaires Ball Field
  • Lander Museum
  • Rails to Trails, Riverton, Wyoming
  • Rendezvous site clean-up
  • Lander Parks and Recreation
  • Holiday food baskets
  • Fremont County Good Samaritan Center, improvements and repairs
  • Wyoming Department of Game & Fish