Amended Prison Bill Passes House Committee
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 09, 2013 @ 7:12PM
Created on April 09, 2013 @ 6:11PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposal to reform West Virginia's overcrowded prisons advanced through the House Judiciary Committee but in an amended version.
The committee on Wednesday amended the bill's proposal to release non-violent offenders six months early into supervised programs. Early release would be at judges' discretion rather than the Department of Corrections and it wouldn't apply to prisoners already in the system. That change will reduce the bill's expected savings next year by $9 million.
The committee added an amendment from Del. Patrick Lane that would force all counties to participate in drug court programs. Lane said that change would save $14 million.
The bill institutes one year of mandatory post-release supervision for violent offenders. The bill would no longer revoke probation or parole for minor or technical violations.
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