Wyoming has one type of facility to hold pretrial detainees and inmates serving small sentences; these are called county jails. There are thirteen local county jails in Wyoming. In partnership with other law enforcement agencies, they sometimes hold inmates for the U.S. Marshall’s Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. These organizations pay a fee to the Wyoming county Sheriff’s Office for the supervision and management of these types of inmates.
Each jail is owned and operated by the local county, and the Sheriff’s Office is the law enforcement agency in charge of supervising and managing the inmates and keeping all Wyoming county jail inmate records. Most of them have websites with an inmate listing or roster where you can easily perform a Wyoming county jail inmate search at any time of day or night.
Local county jails in Wyoming date back to the early 1800s. The first prison was built in 1872 and is the oldest building left in Wyoming. It is now a historical landmark and acts as a museum and public spotlight.
Modern-day jails are equipped with high tech surveillance and monitoring devices. They each hold a specific number of inmates, and they have varying degrees of custody (ranging from minimum-security to maximum-security). For example, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office runs the Big Horn County Jail. They have 86 beds. It is overseen by Capt. Debbie Cook and Lt Julie Faber. They have an on-site kitchen and serve about 5,000 meals to inmates per month. They have an on-call physician and provide medical services to inmates along with recreation, education, counseling, mental health, and substance abuse treatment.
Some facilities like the Campbell County Jail offers inmates work-release programs in parks and wildlife preservation camps. Most of the Wyoming jails provide FAQs for family and friends of inmates. They provide mail services, phone calls (some allow video calls), and visitation. Jails also offer bail and bond services for those inmates who qualify. Most also provide services to victims of inmates as well. Some of the programs offered to inmates are:
There are approximately 1,900 inmates in county jails in Wyoming. Property crimes are the most common type of offense that lands someone in a Wyoming jail.