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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — University of Wyoming researchers are working to increase educational opportunities for the state's female inmates in Lusk.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the university has been coordinating its efforts with the Wyoming Department of Corrections. Researchers conducted a study between December 2014 and August 2015 of current and former female inmates at the Wyoming Women's Center.

Lead researcher Susan Dewey says her team found that most of the women had endured financial struggles and limited work opportunities before ending up behind bars.

Dewey says she plans to get UW faculty to teach courses at the prison that can help build self-confidence, starting with a memoir writing class this spring.

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Betty Abbott with the Department of Corrections says she welcomes the idea of UW faculty helping the inmates.

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