Mission, Vision, Philosophy & Core Values

Mission Statement

The Wyoming Department of Corrections contributes to public safety by exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane management, while actively providing offenders opportunities to become law-abiding citizens.


To be the Benchmark Correctional Agency in the United States.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections will provide a seamless correctional system aimed at improving community safety through employee training, recognition and retention, evidence-based crime prevention, risk/need assessment, and recidivism reduction strategies that focus on:

  • Workforce excellence;

  • Role modeling and reinforcing pro-social behavior;

  • Redirecting behavior that is not pro-social in nature;

  • Collaborative intervention to at-risk populations;

  • Thorough and on-going individual risk/needs assessments;

  • Risk-appropriate housing and community supervision/mentoring;

  • Individualized quality services to victims, offenders and inmates; and,

  • Successful collaborative re-integration back into society.


We commit to managing the Wyoming Department of Corrections with openness, honesty and integrity. We are accountable to the Mission Statement, the Director of Corrections, the Governor and elected State Officials, the public and to each other. In accomplishing the mission of the WDOC and pursuing its vision, the management and staff of WDOC will:

  • pro-actively manage its offender population to ensure the safety and security of the public, offenders and staff;

  • maintain safe, secure, clean, civil and productive correctional facilities in compliance with established standards and security and safety requirements;

  • provide evidence-informed risk-appropriate services and programs to address offender assessed needs;

  • facilitate the successful reintegration of inmates into society using best-practice approaches;

  • provide pro-active success-oriented services to offenders being supervised in the community to improve social accountability and success; and,

  • seek opportunities for expanding the involvement of community, victims and others in improving transparency and the effectiveness of correctional services.

Core Values

The following Core Values are built around our commitment to public safety and offender rehabilitation and will guide our performance in carrying out our mission and pursuing our vision as a benchmark correctional system:

  1. We recognize the importance of our staff as being the Department of Corrections’ strength and major resource in achieving our objectives and commit to the continued training, recognition and retention of staff.

  2. We recognize that human relationships, which are principled, ethical and reasonable, are the cornerstone of our commitment to our mission.

  3. We recognize that the offender has the potential to live as a law-abiding citizen and we encourage the assuming of responsibility for one’s actions and reduction of future criminogenic risk.

  4. We are committed to developing partnerships throughout our communities to include victims, relevant groups, and public and private agencies.

  5. We recognize the importance of the community’s, the victim’s and the offender’s role in a successful criminal justice system and see this as essential to the achievement of our mission.