Wyoming State Penitentiary

The Wyoming State Penitentiary is a high-custody prison for maximum-security inmates in both general population and administrative segregation housing. This facility is located in Rawlins, Wyoming, and is operated by the Wyoming Department of Corrections. WSP is one of the larger WDOC facilities in the state.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting Hours at Wyoming State Penitentiary are by housing unit. No visits are allowed on Wednesday and Thursday. The morning session is from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, the afternoon session is from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

A1 - Monday
A2/ Restrictive Housing** - Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
B1 - Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
B2 - Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
C1 - Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
C2 - Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
H1 - Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
K1 - Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
K2 - Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday

**Inmates residing in A2 and on Restrictive Housing get non-contact, special visit requests only. Requests for visits must be processed seven days in advance of visitation.

Check-in for morning visits begins at 08:00 a.m. with visits starting at 08:30 a.m. - visiting ends at 12:00 p.m. - visitors may stay for the afternoon session.

Check-in for afternoon visits begins at 12:00 p.m. with visits starting at 12:30 p.m.

All visits end at 4:30 p.m.

Visitors may leave the visiting center during visiting hours, but the visiting officer must be notified in advance. Visitors who leave will not be allowed to come back to the visiting center until the next scheduled visiting session.

General Visiting Rules

You must fill out a visitor application and get approval before visiting an inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary. Everyone over 16 must have a current photo ID to enter the visiting room.

All visitors are subject to random searches. You can't bring property, including mail and photographs, to your inmate through the visiting process. Keep all of your personal property such as purses, keys, wallets, money, coats, hats, blankets, etc. in a visitor locker or leave these items locked in your vehicle.

No cash other than up to $20 in change, tokens, or other authorized cash substitute devices are allowed in the visiting room/area.

Baby-care items are permitted as follows per child: 

  • up to six diapers
  • up to two empty clear bottles (plastic) or one clear sippy cup
  • one single layer blanket
  • one pacifier
  • two teething toys 
  • one sealed, unopened carton/container of milk (not to exceed one-pint in size), or one sealed, unopened powdered milk container, or sealed unopened individual powder or liquid formula packs
  • diaper wipes (in a clear plastic bag or in an unopened sealed package). 

All items are subject to search. No baby seats or carriers will be permitted. 

Visitors are not permitted to bring cameras, audio/video recording equipment, cell phones, or any other electronic devices into the visiting room. 

Money orders or cashier’s checks will be accepted from visitors during visitation for later posting to inmate’s accounts – NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  All money orders and cashier’s checks must be clearly marked with the inmate’s name and number and given to the receptionist, or placed into a designated secure drop box if so directed.

Dress Code

Visitors are encouraged to wear clothing that is conservative in nature in order to maintain a respectful visiting environment. Some types of clothing are prohibited for security purposes.

Visitors are not allowed to wear blue denim or other clothing that is similar to inmate attire. Clothing that is suggestive or form fitting is prohibited. Dresses, skirts, jumpers, culottes, and shorts can't be worn more than two inches above the middle of the kneecap. 

Slit dresses/skirts are permitted only if the slit is not more than two inches above the middle of the kneecap. Wrap-around skirts are not permitted.

Clothing that exposes an undue amount of flesh (e.g., exposing chest, back, thighs, or midsection) is prohibited. Examples include: halter tops/dress, tube tops, see-through clothing, sheer fabrics, mini-skirts, shirts with low cut necklines, wrap around skirts, and crop tops. 

Visitors are required to wear undergarments. Footwear must be worn.

Sweatshirts with hoods are not permitted inside the visiting area at any time.

Clothing, hairstyles, insignias or other paraphernalia associated with security threat groups (gangs) or that create undue attention or conflict are prohibited; i.e., clothing with slogans, suggestive, or controversial statements.

Physical Address

Wyoming State Penitentiary
2900 S. Higley Road
Rawlins, WY 82301-0400

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/e88zG5Y8Hp7eQGsQ6

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Wyoming State Penitentiary
Inmate Name and DOC Number
P.O. Box 400/2900 S. Higley Road
Rawlins, WY 82301-0400

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Wyoming State Penitentiary, but they do have access to phones. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Wyoming, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to your inmate at Wyoming State Penitentiary both online and over the phone with Access Corrections, or in person through their walk-in partners Ace Cash Express and CashPayToday.  

Toll-Free Phone Deposits            
As low as $3.95

Internet Deposit
As low as $2.95

Walk-in Location
Flat fee of $5.95
www.cashpaytoday.com or www.acecashexpress.com

Access Secure Deposits takes all MasterCard and Visa debit and credit cards. Additional information is also located at www.accesscorrections.com under Frequently Asked Questions.

Programs For Inmates

The primary goal for the Education Department at WSP is to provide a basic level of education. Adult male offenders are offered a variety of classroom and video educational and vocational programs. 

Garment Shop

WY Brand Industries has a garment shop at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. The skilled inmates are capable of sewing complex products like:

Garments & Accessories

  • Officer Uniforms
  • Inmate Shirts and Pants
  • Inmate Release Jackets
  • Inmate Yard Jackets
  • Kitchen Clothing and Aprons
  • T-shirts, Boxers, Socks, etc.
  • Bags (Laundry, Personal Items, Canteen, etc.)

Bedding & Linens

  • Inmate Mattresses
  • Inmate Linens (Sheets and Pillow Cases)
  • Towels and Washcloths

Print Shop

The Print Shop at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins employs inmates who provide quality printing services. They include:

  • 2 NCR Forms
  • 3 NCR Forms
  • 4 NCR Forms
  • Letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • Business cards
  • Mailing labels
  • Brochures
  • Newsletters
  • Postcards
  • Booklets
  • Posters
  • Announcements
  • Invitations
  • Programs 
  • Presentation covers
  • Carbonless forms
  • Rack cards
  • Flyers
  • Labels (large range of types and sizes)
  • Magnets

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Careers at Wyoming State Penitentiary

If you are interested in a career with the Wyoming Department of Corrections and would like more information about job openings at the Wyoming State Penitentiary, click here.

Because WSP is one of the larger WDOC facilities, it's typically the location most in need of correctional officers. WSP offers an intensive Field Training Officer (FTO) program when candidates complete the Basic Training Academy to ensure every staff member is highly trained.