Wyoming Prison Stats Tell the Tale

State population in 1982: 510,000

State population in 2006: 515,000

Increase in state population from 1982 to 2006: ~1 percent

Number of inmates in state prisons in 1995: 1,300

Number of inmates in state prisons in 2008: 2,043

Increase in prison population from 1995 to 2008: 57 percent

Number of employees managing/working in local jails and state prisons in 1982: 583

Number of employees managing/working in local jails and state prisons in 2005: 1,570

Increase in number of jail/prison employees from 1995 to 2005: 269 percent

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(Statistics provided by the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Wyoming Department of Corrections, all via the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. With apologies to the Harper’s Index.)

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