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September 13, 2021

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 were operating well over their intended capacity when the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee met Monday to discuss jail population and potential bail reforms, according to data presented to the committee by Quenton King, criminal justice policy analyst for the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, as well as data provided by the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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