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Public Safety in West Virginia

West Virginia

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West Virginia’s prison population is growing at one of the highest rates in the nation, with a 73 percent increase from 2000 to 2010. With a prison system already at capacity; the state is forced to send approximately one-quarter of offenders sentenced to prison to be housed in regional jails.  The state estimates that if current policies remain unchanged, the continued growth in the correctional population will cost West Virginia taxpayers up to $200 million in construction costs and an additional $70 million annually in operating costs by Fiscal Year 2020.

Faced with high recidivism rates, limited use of community supervision and treatment programs, and significant fiscal difficulties, West Virginia created a bipartisan, inter-branch Justice Reinvestment Working Group to employ a data-driven approach to contain the rapidly growing size and cost of its prison population.  The working group will conduct an analysis of the state’s criminal justice data and develop policy options that will increase public safety and reduce corrections spending. The legislature will consider these recommendations when it convenes in February 2013.



Fact Sheet | June 6, 2012
Time Served in West Virginia  arrow  

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Oregon News

Media Coverage | June 20, 2012
Herald-Dispatch: Study to Target Inmate Overcrowding
West Virginia's jails and prisons have grown crowded at the same time that violent crime arrests and the unsupervised release of offenders have increased, according to a national group's initial review of the state's criminal justice system.  arrow  

Media Coverage | June 19, 2012
WDTV: Local Leaders Announce Plan to Fight Prison Overcrowding
A national project is helping West Virginia tackle its growing inmate crowding crisis. arrow

Media Coverage | June 17, 2012
West Virginia Gazette: Nixon W.Va. Launches Study to Target Inmate Overcrowdinghanges to Missouri Sentencing Laws
West Virginia's jails and prisons have grown crowded at the same time that violent crime arrests and the unsupervised release of offenders have increased, according to a national group's initial review of the state's criminal justice system. arrow  

Date:
September 28, 2012
Project:
Public Safety Performance Project
State:
West Virginia
Report:
One in 31
 
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