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March 1, 2021

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 six-felony, three-misdemeanor system of sentencing ranges.

The legislation alters Chapter 61 for “Crimes and Their Punishment,” but doesn’t deal with Chapter 60a for the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, which contains drug crimes, or Chapter 62 for criminal procedure.

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