Criminal Justice

September 20, 2021 by Quenton King
There Are Fewer People Behind Bars Now Than 10 Years Ago. Will It Last?

Marshall Project - Nearly two million adults were incarcerated across the country, according to the 2020 Decennial Census. The latest figures show a 13% drop in the total number of incarcerated people, or nearly 300,000 fewer people, compared with the 2010 Census. Read the full article. Roughly one-third of the drop in total numbers occurred…

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September 14, 2021 by WVCBP
‘Reentry Councils’ and Resources After Incarceration

Point Pleasant Register - The West Virginia Reentry Councils organization is now hosting meetings for the Mason County area to help support those coming out of incarceration and help them rejoin the community. Read the full article. West Virginia Reentry Councils is a group established by the West Virginia Council of Churches with the goal…

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September 13, 2021 by Quenton King
WV Jails Have More Inmates Now than When Lawmakers Passed Bail Reform in 2020

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Opera News - More people are currently incarcerated in West Virginia’s regional jails than there were in 2020, when the Legislature passed a bail reform law meant to decrease the state’s jail population. Read the full article. That includes 2,681 people who have not been convicted of a crime. All of the state’s regional jails…

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August 23, 2021 by WVCBP
A Tour Of Bail: How Other States Have Reformed The Money Bail System

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - States across the country have taken stabs at reforming how the money bail system operates. In West Virginia, the state legislature passed HB 2419, a law enacted in June 2020 that aimed to limit bail amounts, and by extension, shrink the exploding jail population. Read the full article. HB 2419 calls for judges…

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August 10, 2021 by Quenton King
West Virginia’s Prison Mortality Rate Second-Highest in the Country

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminal justice experts and advocates have focused on ensuring the safety of incarcerated people from the virus. But even before the pandemic, jails and prisons were unsafe places for the people incarcerated within them. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) on mortality…

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August 9, 2021 by Quenton King
West Virginia’s Bail Reform Bill: How It Works And Who It Serves

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - In the first episode of this series, the focus was on the story of Lisa Hartline— a legal aid lawyer who found her calling while incarcerated and unable to make bail. Just like Lisa, Deborah Ujevich dated a man who got caught up in drugs. Listen to the full segment.…

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August 3, 2021 by Quenton King
The Human Cost Of Bail

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Lisa Hartline grew up in Parkersburg. Today, she is an attorney at Legal Aid of Pennsylvania representing people who can’t afford a private attorney because she used to be one. Read the full article. “I think I’m more willing to make exceptions when maybe clients aren’t following the plan that…

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