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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

·     Wyoming Honor Farm, Riverton (in development)

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 siting 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 form (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 

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·     Wyoming Honor Conservation/Boot

·     40 Pippin Road

·     Newcastle, WY

·     Attn: Wanda Zink

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·     Wyoming Women’s Center

·     P.O. Box 300

·     Lusk, WY 82225

·     Attn:  Chris Thayer

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·     Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution

·     Eastern Wyoming College (temporary address)

·     Tebbet Building, Room 132 

·     Torrington, WY 82240

·     Attn: Dee Herdt 

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·     Wyoming Honor Farm (in development)

·     40 Honor Farm Road

·     Riverton, WY 82501

·     Attn: Cindy Ferguson