So much for Virginia’s prisons being overcrowded. NBC12:
Despite Virginia’s own corrections crunch, Wyoming is sending up to 300 inmates to the state prison system.
The transfer over two years is part of a contract that could pay Virginia $18.5 million.
The Wyoming inmates will be held at the high-security Wallens Ridge State Prison in Wise County and the state’s new medium-security Pocahontas State Correctional Center in Tazewell County.
Last year, Virginia officials warned that the number of state prisoners projected to be added to the system would require a new 1,000-bed prison each year for the next six years.
Virginia corrections spokesman Larry Traylor says that forecast has not changed.
He says the alternative to contracting for out-of-state prisoners could be closing prisons and laying off employees.