January 8, 2018
Suggested citation: Alexis Lee Watts, Ni Zhang & Edward E. Rhine, Robina Inst. of Crim. Law & Crim. Justice, Pro les in Parole Release and Revocation: Wyoming (2017).
The first agency responsible for prison release in Wyoming was the Board of Charities and Reform, established in 1889 under the state's constitution. In 1947, the role shifted to the Board of Pardons, which was comprised of five elected officials: the governor, the secretary of state, the state auditor, the state treasurer, and the state superintendent of public instruction. The Wyoming legislature created the Board of Parole in 1971. This parole board has existed in its current form since 2003, and has assumed the functions of the pardons board in addition to granting paroles. Felony offenders receive indeterminate sentences. There are no sentencing guidelines. However, Wyoming has instituted mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes as well as a habitual offender/"three-strikes" law.