Criminal Justice

June 22, 2021 by Quenton King
Quenton King: Expungement would help WV job market

Charleston Gazette-Mail - This past weekend marked the end of West Virginia’s participation in federally enhanced unemployment programs, enacted to address joblessness in the wake of the pandemic, and, now, thousands of struggling West Virginians are losing crucial supports regardless of whether good-paying jobs are available to them. Read the full article. This short-sighted decision…

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June 1, 2021 by Quenton King
Housing Help And HIV Prevention On This West Virginia Morning

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - On this West Virginia Morning, people who have been incarcerated, once they get out, often struggle to find a job and a place to live. Those struggles often drive them back to crime, but re-entry councils are helping to address that problem. Also, in this show, Kanawha County has the most…

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May 13, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Explores Reentry, Obstacles to Reintegration, and Community Support for Returning Citizens in West Virginia

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Across the United States, citizens returning from prisons and jails face numerous obstacles as they reintegrate into their communities, including finding steady employment and stable housing, obtaining reliable transportation, and navigating the requirements of community supervision. The challenge in overcoming these obstacles is heightened in West…

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May 13, 2021 by Quenton King
The State of Reentry and Barriers for Returning Citizens in West Virginia

This report was co-authored by WVCBP's criminal justice analyst, Quenton King, and the director of AFSC West Virginia's Economic Justice Project, Rick Wilson. Read the full report here. Introduction Across the United States, citizens returning from prisons and jails face numerous obstacles as they reintegrate into their communities, including finding steady employment and stable housing,…

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May 5, 2021 by Quenton King
Criminal Justice Policy and the 2021 Legislative Session

The 2021 West Virginia legislative session ended last month, and now that the majority of the bills have been signed by the governor or passed into law without his signature, we can take stock of how criminal justice policies fared at the Capitol.  The 2020 session saw several bills that were strides toward reform and…

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March 30, 2021 by Quenton King
Stakeholders Say New Bill For Criminal Law Rewrite Lacked Input, Transparency

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Last spring, a small, bipartisan group of West Virginia lawmakers embarked on an enormous task — the rewriting of several hundred pages of criminal law. Read the full article. Every one to two weeks, the five House delegates would meet over a video conferencing app to consider a new section…

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March 29, 2021 by Quenton King
Criminal Justice Overhaul And Affordable Health Care This West Virginia Morning

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - On this West Virginia Morning, healthcare costs continue to rise around the country and can cause tremendous stress for consumers. But several bills being considered by the West Virginia Legislature aim to reduce those costs and put more money in the pockets of West Virginians. Also, we learn about a massive…

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March 4, 2021 by WVCBP
WV Criminal Law Reform Coalition – “Philly DA” Virtual Screening & Conversation

Join the West Virginia Criminal Law Coalition and our special guest panel on March 30 as we watch and discuss the new docuseries "Philly DA" ahead of its premiere. "Philly DA" is a groundbreaking documentary series embedded inside the long-shot election and tumultuous first term of Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's unapologetic District Attorney, and his experiment to upend…

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