Criminal Justice

August 24, 2022 by WVCBP
New Brief Highlights How Counsel at First Appearance Policy Can Protect Liberty and Reduce Jail Costs

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2022 Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Despite West Virginia’s crime rate and total population declining in recent decades, the state jail population has increased over that period, and at the end of Fiscal Year 2022, state jails were nearly 1,000 people above capacity. One contributing factor driving this counterintuitive trend is West…

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August 24, 2022 by Sara Whitaker
Counsel at First Appearance Can Protect Liberty and Reduce Jail Costs

Introduction Read the full policy brief. To anyone raised on American television, it may come as a surprise that a person could appear at a court hearing without a lawyer. But every day in West Virginia, people who are arrested face their first hearings alone. This has significant consequences. At the first appearance hearing the…

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August 18, 2022 by Sara Whitaker
In Harm’s Way: The True Costs of Pretrial Detention in West Virginia

When Anthony[1] was arrested in 2020, he sat at the police station for hours before a man came over the station telephone and told him, “We’re going to set your bond at $25,000 cash.” The man on the phone was a magistrate conducting Anthony’s “first appearance” hearing. At this hearing, a magistrate explains the criminal…

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March 29, 2022 by WVCBP
Simulation Planned To Show Challenges Of Life After Correctional System

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - About 95 percent of people who leave prison or jail return home without the resources they need to transition back into society, according to the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy. Some of the barriers they face include housing and supervision restrictions or problems getting a job with a…

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March 20, 2022 by WVCBP
Reentry Simulation Being Held at Concord University

Lootpress - “Overcoming Barriers to Reentry & Reintegration Post Incarceration,” a reentry simulation event will be held at Concord University on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Read the full article. The Concord University Sociology Department and the WV Reentry Councils are sponsoring the event.Beverly Sharp, Director of the WV Reentry Councils, along with Ashley Lough from…

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January 28, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Lawmakers Advance Bill to Shift Some Jail Costs from Counties to State

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch - With jail costs bearing down on county commissions in West Virginia, a legislative committee drafted a bill Friday that would play a part in decreasing how much county governments pay to incarcerate people. Read the full article. The House of Delegates Committee on Jails and Prisons adopted a bill that…

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January 22, 2022 by WVCBP
Annual Breakfast Gives W.Va. Lawmakers Chance to Analyze Governor’s Budget

WCHS TV - The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy hosted its annual Budget Breakfast on Friday. Watch the full segment. It marks the ninth time the breakfast has been held. Organizers conduct the event during the legislative session each year. The event provides a chance for lawmakers to analyze the governor's proposed budget…

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January 21, 2022 by WVCBP
2022 Budget Breakfast – Keynote Presentation

At our 2022 Budget Breakfast on January 21, Justice Reform Strategies' Brian Elderbroom presented on how West Virginia can improve community supervision practices to safely address the state’s current incarceration crisis. You can download Brian's keynote PowerPoint presentation here. You can watch the full Budget Breakfast recording here.

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January 19, 2022 by WVCBP
WVCBP’s 9th Annual Budget Breakfast to Take Place this Friday, January 21

Media Advisory: January 19, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 304-720-8682 Charleston, WV – As the 2022 legislative session gets underway, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy would like to invite you to join us at our 9th annual Budget Breakfast, taking place this Friday, January 21 at 8:00am EST. Each year, the WVCBP holds this event to provide…

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January 11, 2022 by WVCBP
As Legislative Session Approaches, New Issue Brief Explores Community Supervision Reform as Means to Address WV Incarceration Crisis

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – West Virginia is a national outlier in regard to rising incarceration. From 2009 to 2019, West Virginia’s imprisonment rate grew 10 percent while the state imprisonment rate fell 16 percent nationally. This rapid growth in incarceration has continued unabated during the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating dangerous overcrowding…

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