Locals React to Prison Overcrowding Issue
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on August 25, 2013 @ 12:03PM
Created on August 24, 2013 @ 6:33PM
With all the recent arrests happening in our area more people continue to be put behind bars. This might contribute to another major issue people across the country are concerned about, prison overcrowding.
"I think it's a major issue, and we've used them almost like an outlet for criminals," said Carl Swain, Craigmoor resident.
One man said he feels this is a big issue many people overlook.
"It's definitely a major issue. We need to build more jails," said Kim Scritchfield, Fairmont resident.
The good news is the overcrowding issue seems to be decreasing. A previous study showed our state's prison population decreased by about 6%, and Governor Tomblin passed a bill in April that he said should save taxpayers more than $400 million over the next 10 years.
Other people said they aren't happy with how their tax money is being used and said the state definitely needs to look into budgeting money to build more facilities.
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