Criminal Justice

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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January 10, 2022 by WVCBP
Improving Community Supervision to Safely Reduce Incarceration in West Virginia

This issue brief was written for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy by Brian Elderbroom. Elderbroom is the founder and president of Justice Reform Strategies, a consulting firm providing policy, communications, and management support to organizations committed to improving the criminal justice system. He is a national expert on sentencing and corrections policy…

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November 12, 2021 by WVCBP
Post Covid Pandemic: How States Have Reformed the Bail System

Davis Vanguard - Across the United States, multiple states, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and New Jersey are attempting to reform their money bail system. Read the full article. During the COVID-19 pandemic, inmate releases to alleviate confined prison conditions made the disease less deadly. And, coincidentally, the pandemic releases show confinement and bail are…

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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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