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.
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
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
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)
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
Serves as a community-based conduit through which information is disseminated to and received from the public
Works in cooperation with the warden or other designated WDOC staff to address specific issues that develop during the life of the correctional facility
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
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
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
Primary and secondary education
Health care providers (including mental health and substance abuse service providers)
Business community/Chamber of Commerce
Ministerial association/religious community
Civic and community organizations
Employment and training/economic development
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
Wyoming Honor Conservation/Boot Camp
40 Pippin Road/ P.O. Box 160
Newcastle, WY 82701
Wyoming Women’s Center
P.O. Box 300
Lusk, WY 82225
Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution
7076 Road 55 F
Torrington, WY 82240
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
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
Newcastle, Upton, Lusk, Moorcroft, and Sundance city parks
Baseball fields in Newcastle, Upton, and Moorcroft
Newcastle, Upton, Lusk, Moorcroft, and Four Corners cemeteries
Newcastle, Upton and Moorcroft museums
Weston County, Crook County, Niobrara 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 Newcastle, Upton, Lusk, Moorcroft, and Gillette
Post peeling and banding operations
Thinning, skidding, slash burning, and post & firewood hauling on various state sections
Wild land fire fighting in Wyoming and South Dakota
Prescribed burning with U.S. Fire Service, Bureau of Land Management 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
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
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