August 6, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Medicaid Expansion Saves Lives in West Virginia

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that 435 lives were saved since West Virginia expanded Medicaid in 2014. The study compares death rates of the near-elderly – those between the ages of 55 and 64 – in states that have and have not expanded Medicaid and finds that in…

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February 26, 2019 by WVCBP
The High Cost of Mass Incarceration in West Virginia

Over the last 30 years, the number of West Virginians incarcerated has grown nearly five-fold despite a decline in the state’s population over this time. This steep rise is not due to rising crime rates in West Virginia, but the policy choices made by lawmakers to use imprisonment as a response to crime. Download PDF.

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August 19, 2016 by Ted Boettner,
Reforming Youth Incarceration in West Virginia

While the rest of the country is experiencing sharp declines in youth confined to correctional and residential facilities, West Virginia confines a higher share of its youth than almost any state in the nation. View PDF here.

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July 15, 2016 by Tara Holmes
How Legalizing Marijuana Could Impact West Virginia

Many states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use, and several states have similar measures on their ballots in November 2016 election. Tara Holmes presented her findings at the July 2016 Lunch and Learn at the WV Covenant House on what legalizing marijuana could mean for West Virginia's budget, the corrections system…

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April 10, 2013 by Ted Boettner
Ethnic and Racial Disparities in West Virginia

African Americans in West Virginia have a shorter life expectancy than whites, earn less money for doing the same work and are almost twice as likely to live in poverty with their children.

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