When Matt and Sherry agree to join me here in Laramie, I am not sure Sherry expects the trouble she will experience trying to keep Matt out of a Wyoming Prison. First Matt is sentenced to hard labor making brooms here in Laramie. Next he finds himself behind bars in the Wyoming State Pen in Rawlins, WY.
A Tale of Two Prisons
In an area surrounded by panoramic visual delights, we naturally decide to spend an afternoon touring another Prison Museum. Built in 1872, the Territorial Prison where I volunteer has been totally restored. The fresh paint and spotless flagstone floors are almost pristine. In fact except for the spooky, creaking windblown doors and bass moaning of the wood floors, it is actually very pleasant inside.
The gloomy State Penitentiary in Rawlins does not fare so well over the years. Peeling paint blisters and dark, forbidding cells reek of evil and suffering. Our guide enthralls us with her prison tales, but the building itself is an extremely dreary place. Judge for yourself from the pictures below. Would you want to be locked up here?