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Local Leaders Announce Plan to Fight Prison Overcrowding
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 19, 2012 @ 7:37PM
Created on June 19, 2012 @ 1:12PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A national project is helping West Virginia tackle its growing inmate crowding crisis.
    
The Justice Reinvestment Initiative has agreed to scrutinize the state's public safety policies.
    
This top-to-bottom review began shortly after officials announced it Tuesday. A group including legislators and agency chiefs will work with the project and received an initial briefing at the Capitol.
    
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed bringing the project to West Virginia after it aided several other states, including Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
    
The nonpartisan Council of State Governments oversees the project. The U.S. Justice Department and the Pew Center on the States will fund the study.
    
The Associated Press earlier reported that Tomblin's quest for a study won the crucial support needed from West Virginia officials across state government and party lines.
 
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Jun 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM
What do we expect? We refuse to vote people in office who will 'execute' murderers and rapists. Oh no...so we just continue building new prisons, spending more taxpayer money supporting them for years, going through dozens of appeals and most to no avail, but still it's costing states millions of dollars that are 'wasted' because WV politicians feel more 'sympathy' toward the criminals than the victims in this state. Until voters start voting more intelligently rather than keeping the same failed leaders in office year after year and WV continues staying at bottom of list for poverty, welfare and low-paying jobs, nothing will ever change in WV. My grandfather said this state has NOT changed since he was a child. Our leaders have had 30 plus years to make WV a TOP leader in good jobs and get citizens OFF welfare and they haven't done a thing in all those years. TIME FOR CHANGE!
Jun 20, 2012 at 7:51 AM
We have county jails that are sitting empty. Why not open them back up, it would be a start! Alot of law breakers don't go to jail because they can't pay their transportation fees to and from the prisons. This came as a surprise to me when I was told this, not only by a sheriffs deputy but also a State Police officer. There would be more dollars for the prison system if they weren't going for all the comforts of a spa. Weight room equipment is expensive as is the cable, fancy basketball courts, multiple foosball tables, and all the other comforts of home arcade. Its a prison after all. Drive past Pruntytown an a bright sunny Sunday and see them enjoying the activities that most of us can't afford to have for our own use at home, or sun bathing! Why would you want to leave?
Jun 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Bring back the death penalty that will solve a lot of problems.
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