304 SPORTS SCORES
  • Tygarts Valley 59Hannan 8Final[ view all ]
  • Sissonville 26Liberty 7Final[ view all ]
  • Doddridge County 27Valley Wetzel 7Final[ view all ]
  • Clay-Battelle 20Van 12Final[ view all ]
  • Lewis County 42Elkins 0Final[ view all ]
  • Braxton County 13Webster County 12Final[ view all ]
  • Grafton 50Lincoln 49Final[ view all ]
  • Robert C. Byrd 56North Marion 21Final[ view all ]
  • Morgantown 21John Marshall 6Final[ view all ]
  • Pendleton County 50Tucker County 6Final[ view all ]
  • Magnolia 34Tyler Consolidated 0Final[ view all ]
  • University 29Preston 25Final[ view all ]
  • Fairmont Senior 35Buckhannon-Upshur 27Final[ view all ]
  • Notre Dame 34Gilmer County 13Final[ view all ]
  • Saint Marys 42South Harrison 7Final[ view all ]
National News | Closings | Funerals | HighScore | Monday's Most Wanted | Crime Watch | TV Listings | Lottery | Bio's | FCC File | More ›
   
 
 
 
How Will the New Prison Overcrowding Bill Help Our Jails?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 04, 2013 @ 12:42PM
Created on March 02, 2013 @ 6:34PM

More and more people are behind bars in the mountain state than ever before, and that number has been increasing for the past ten years. The state's incarceration rate is now three times the national average.

More violent crime arrests and releasing offenders without supervision are a couple of reasons why. That's why Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed a new bill to combat these problems.

The bill would mean that non-violent offenders are released up to six months early. They would have to be in a supervised release program, though. Violent offenders would be released as scheduled, but also have to be in a supervised program for up to a year.

That's because many of them are addicted to drugs. Because they're not being fully rehabilitated and they keep committing the same crimes, putting them back behind bars.

Now, the only problem with this is the cost of a substance abuse program. But, it might not be as bad as you think. The state estimates $1,000 to $7,000 for one person to go through drug rehab. It costs $24,000 to house an inmate in our state for a year. It's also cheaper than the alternative of building a new prison, which would cost about $200 million.

In response to the new legislation, Administrator of Tygart Valley Regional Jail Scott Villers said, "They're working on things, alternative sentencing, the community day report centers are very successful. They are helping out tremendously. "

He added,  "Every jail is overcrowded. It hasn't really gotten any better yet. The solutions are going to be long term. We have programs here to reduce recidivism. They're trying programs at the Division of Corrections as well. But it's a multi-faceted approach to reducing."

Without these changes, it's estimated that the prison population will grow by another 24 percent in five years.

Share
Add your Comment
You must have an active WDTV.COM user account to post comments. Please login to your account, or create your free account today!

Comments (0)
WDTV on Facebook
WDTV on Twitter
WDTV on YouTube
Contact WDTV
WDTV RSS Feeds
WDTV SMS
WDTV Mobile App