State of Wyoming Archives: on Crime

Yana Ludwig: Founded Proper Policing group after police shooting

Ludwig has been at the center of several prominent coalitions to emerge over the past few years. Last year, Ludwig was a founding member of Albany County for Proper Policing, a community group formed in response to the shooting of Robbie Ramirez by an Albany County sheriff's deputy. She has also worked as a regional organizer for Showing Up for Racial Justice--a national racial justice organization. (She has since stepped back from both organizations, in order to focus on her Senate campaign.)
Source: Casper Star-Tribune on 2020 Wyoming Senate race Jun 12, 2019

Mark Gordon: More funding for local police and sheriff's offices

We need to support our local police departments, sheriff's offices, fire halls; our local communities. I believe the best decisions are made closest to where the impact of those decisions is felt. It is also at the local level where individuals and entrepreneurs can spur new businesses that align with a community's values and assets.

I applaud Governor Mead's dedication to providing funding to locals these past eight years, and I will continue that work. But beyond dollars, I hope to move forward with improving the tools required for cities, towns and counties to prosper. This means finding ways to enhance the services of the State Loan and Investment Board.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Wyoming legislature Jan 9, 2019

Bill Dahlin: Rehabilitate prisoners instead of warehousing them

Bill Dahlin, gubernatorial candidate, says "The Wyoming constitution refers to and charges that we rehabilitate our prisoners, not warehouse them. Our prison population is out of control. We cannot afford not to change the system. I will work on this challenge. On top of this we have the highest suicide rate of any state. Mental health should be the target of priority. I believe it is correct, that if you go after the cause the cost of the correctional facilities will go down."
Source: on 2018 Wyoming gubernatorial race Jun 21, 2018

Charlie Hardy: Reform the injustice of the criminal justice system

He said the American criminal justice system is a mess. The United States has 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of the prison population. That must be reformed. "I didn't realize the injustice of the justice system," he said.
Source: Powell Tribune coverage of 2014 Wyoming Senate race Mar 18, 2014

Matt Mead: Wyoming has 4th lowest rate of violent crimes

[A recent] report noted that Wyoming has the fourth lowest rate of violent crimes and the sixth lowest unemployment rate. The report also cited the high percent of our adult population, age 25 years or older, that are high school graduates. At 92.3 percent, our state ranks first in the nation. Congratulations Wyoming. I am pleased to report the state of the state is strong. We have a citizenry that while small in numbers is big in spirit and accomplishment.
Source: Wyoming 2012 State of the State Address Feb 13, 2012

Dave Freudenthal: $50M for separate facilities for juveniles

It is time that we have a degree of uniformity in this state about how we treat juveniles. We have allocated $50 million of stimulus money to a series of juvenile detention facilities around this state. These facilities create options, so when we have juveniles that need to be detained they can be taken someplace other than hard lockdown with adults. Adults, whose offenses usually far exceed anything we would like these young people to be around.
Source: Wyoming 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Tim Chesnut: No parole for repeat offenders; but at-risk programs too

Source: Wyoming 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Dave Freudenthal: Provide prisoner job rehabilitation & alternative sentencing

Source: 2002 Wyoming Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Dave Freudenthal: Support the death penalty