About the Department of Corrections

In November 1990, Wyoming voters approved a constitutional amendment abolishing the State Board of Charities and Reform. Upon dissolution of the board, the following twelve institutions were still under its control and were moved or eliminated as indicated. The board was comprised of the five elected officials (governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, superintendent of public instruction).

When the Wyoming Department of Corrections was created in 1991 it assumed management of four institutions that had previously been under the administration of the Board of Charities and Reform; absorbed the adult offender programs in the Department of Probation and Parole and continued to provide support for the Board of Parole.

Moved to the Department of Health

  • Veterans’ Home of Wyoming, (previously Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home), Buffalo
  • Wyoming Pioneer Home, Thermopolis
  • Wyoming Retirement Center (previously the Sanitarium), Basin
  • Wyoming State Hospital, Evanston
  • Wyoming State Training School, Lander

Moved to the Department of Family Services

  • Wyoming Boys’ School (Industrial Institute), Worland
  • Wyoming Girls’ School, Sheridan
  • Youth Treatment Center (previously the Children’s Home), Casper
  • (Closed July 1, 1996 due to lack of appropriation by Legislature)

Moved to the Department of Corrections

  • Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp, Newcastle
  • Wyoming Honor Farm, Riverton
  • Wyoming State Penitentiary, Rawlins
  • Wyoming Women’s Center, Lusk