CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The detention facilities at Guatanamo Bay in Cuba are comparable to Wyoming prisons at Rawlins and Torrington, Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday.
Mead traveled to the U.S. base Sunday through Tuesday to visit with eight members of the 197th Public Affairs Detachment of the Wyoming National Guard and to inspect the conditions for the detainees brought there from the Middle East.
He was accompanied on the trip by new Wyoming Adjutant Gen. Luke Reiner.
Being part of the Council of Governors, Mead said he was interested in the condition of the detainee facilities.
Mead said the general image people have of Guatanamo is of a three-sided hut on bare ground, which was Camp X.
That facility has been closed and the new prison has individual cells for the detainees with full access to television and to outdoor activities.
"We were there for less than 24 hours, but it was worth doing the trip," he said.
He said the Guard members perform public relations for the base, including the accommodation of up to 50 news media representatives who attend hearings by the Guatanamo military commission.
Guard members arrived in November and will return to Wyoming in December, Reiner said.
President Barack Obama issued an executive order to shut down Guatanamo Bay but that hasn't happened.