Criminal Justice

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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March 1, 2021 by Quenton King
HB 2257 Won’t Improve Reentry in West Virginia

The West Virginia Legislature is one-fourth of the way through the 2021 session, and thus far the focus has largely been on areas other than criminal justice. Legislation concerning criminal law that has been passed out of committees includes a juvenile restorative justice program and several bills that enhance sentences for certain crimes. Last Friday,…

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March 1, 2021 by WVCBP
W.Va. House Passes 400-Page Bill For Criminal Sentencing Reform

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - A bill to rewrite state law for hundreds of criminal offenses cleared the House of Delegates following less than half an hour of debate Wednesday. Read the full article. Over the course of nearly 400 pages, House Bill 2017 updates hundreds of crimes and replaces the state’s process for sentencing with a…

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February 15, 2021 by WVCBP
Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Push Support Proposals this Session

West Virginia MetroNews - When she was first sentenced to time in prison, a West Virginia woman said she did not know what to expect. Read the full article. “You’ve got to learn hard and you’ve got to learn fast,” said Crystal Allen who served three years in prison for shooting her first husband. When…

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February 9, 2021 by Quenton King
W.Va. Lawmakers, Advocates Talk Criminal Justice Reform Ahead Of Session

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Over the last few years, members of the West Virginia Legislature have passed a handful of laws aimed at reforming the state’s criminal justice system. Read the full article. But no one could’ve anticipated the toll that the coronavirus pandemic would have until lawmakers were just adjourning in March 2020.…

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February 8, 2021 by Quenton King
Criminal Justice Reform And Substance Use Treatment On This West Virginia Morning

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - On this West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Legislature will convene for its 2021 regular session this week. We hear from a few lawmakers about their priorities this session for criminal justice reform. Also, in this show, we hear the second part in a series from the Ohio Valley ReSource on…

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February 6, 2021 by Kelly Allen
W.Va. Puts More Women Behind Bars Even as Population Drops

Martinsburg Journal - Over the last 40 years female incarceration in West Virginia has exploded, growing by a staggering 2,731 percent from 1978 to 2019. Over the same period, the state’s population has declined by nearly seven percent. What could explain such exponential growth in female incarceration as our overall population has declined? Read the…

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