Wyoming Gov. Gordon Visits Prison Mask-Making Operation

October 13, 2020

States are fighting the transmission of COVID-19 in their correctional facilities, and men and women incarcerated in Wyoming prisons are part of the effort.

As part of the state’s Correctional Industries Program, residents of multiple Wyoming facilities are producing cloth utility masks to help protect themselves, supervising corrections officers, and other government workers.

Beyond supplying for the immediate public health need, the program gives participants the opportunity to develop new skills and work habits that could improve their employment outcomes, a critical part of successful reentry for people returning to their communities from prison.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon recently visited the garment shops at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington and Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk, where program participants manufacture and sew a variety of products.

Watch the video of his visit, arranged as part of The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s Face to Face initiative and produced with support from Arnold Ventures.

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Sheridan Watson
Public Affairs Manager, Communications and External Affairs
Sheridan Watson manages public affairs activities and provides communications support for state-based justice reinvestment projects. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she served for more than 10 years as a spokeswoman and communications advisor for three members of Congress.
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Previously, she managed a portfolio of policy issues for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and served in communications roles at Aetna, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Sheridan earned her ABJ in public relations from the University of Georgia and her MA in legislative affairs from The George Washington University.
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