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Gov. Tomblin Introduces Prison Reform Bill
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 26, 2013 @ 7:19PM
Created on February 26, 2013 @ 2:19PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has introduced a bill intended to ease overcrowding in the state's filled-to-capacity prison system.
The bill introduced Tuesday would mandate that non-violent offenders are released six months early into supervised release programs. The bill also provides for one year mandatory supervision for violent offenders after their regularly scheduled release.
In an effort to lower the rate at which released prisoners end up back in jail, courts would no longer revoke probation for minor rules violations.
The bill would standardize the risk assessment evaluations that prisoners are subject to and would provide for better drug treatment programs.
The bill is the result of a recent study of the state's prison system. It will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

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Mar 01, 2013 at 9:20 AM
Liberal democrats' misdirected sympathies for criminals rather than the 'victims' is what caused the overcrowding of inmates. Make them serve their FULL sentences and stop coddling these parasites by feeding them better than most citizens get fed, stop supplying them with libraries, gym/exercise rooms, fluffy pillows, soft comforters, spas, etc.....In other words......stop making their stay seem more relaxing than a 4-star Hotel!!! Why wouldn't they want back in when they have it better than they had out?!? Stiffer penalties for rapists, pedophiles and homicides by EXECUTION! These 3 types of criminals are not deserving to be out in society nor deserving of being fed and housed. What we need is a total replacement of our leaders in WV and throughout the nation whose sympathies lie with the security of law abiding citizens and victims NOT the hardened criminals that rape & murder. Vote differently next election and just watch what happens to the crime rate when GOOD decent people are in office instead of what we've had for way too long. Democrats' answer will ALWAYS be to build more prisons and tax the rest of us to pay for it.
Feb 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM
why doesn't WV consider a chain gang program like AZ has. Sure would make some people think twice about doing things if there punishment would include working for there time in jail.
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