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Wyo. churches group advocates for prison nursery

CHEYENNE,Wyo.(AP) – The executive director of theWyoming

Association of Churches says she will continue to advocate for a

nursery for children of inmates at theWyomingwomen’s prison.

     Chesie Lee says the idea is long overdue. A nursery at the

Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk also has the support of the prison

warden, Phil Myer, and Wyoming Department of Corrections Director

Bob Lampert.

     The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( ) studies

show reduced recidivism among female inmates allowed to be with

their newborns.

     Gov. Matt Mead denied a budget recommendation by the Corrections

Department and State Building Commission to set up a prison

nursery. A similar proposal failed in the Legislature’s Joint

Appropriations Committee last year.

     Lee says she hopes the committee will endorse a nursery ahead of

the upcoming legislative session.

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