(CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE, CASPER, WYOMING) — The Wyoming Association of Churches will once again lead the push for a nursery at the Wyoming women’s prison at Lusk.

Chesie Lee, executive director of the organization of churches, said the nursery should have been approved by the Wyoming Legislature last session.

“The program has many positive benefits and is an idea long overdue,” Lee said in a release.

The program would allow certain pregnant inmates to keep their infants with them for up to 18 months while serving their prison sentences. It also would allow other inmates who meet certain criteria to have day and overnight visits with their older children.

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