Prison Overcrowding

Prison Overcrowding
1:56 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Division of Corrections Still Working to Provide Programs to Overflow Inmates

Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein takes questions from the Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Corrections Facility Authority.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Over the past two years, lawmakers have implemented two pieces of legislation intended to drastically decrease the population in state prisons in the face of a growing overcrowding problem.

In 2013, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 371, the Justice Reinvestment Act. Among a long list of provisions, the bill allowed the Division of Corrections to develop and implement a cognitive behavioral restructuring program for DOC inmates being housed at regional jails due to overcrowding in the state prisons.

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West Virginia Morning
9:38 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Outlines Success in Reducing Prison Populations, Wilderness Medicine, 'The Blob' & More

It’s only been a little over a year since Governor Tomblin signed the Justice Reinvestment Act into law, but the state is already seeing tremendous decreases in the number of people in prison. College students from all over the region visited Marshall this week to find out if the field of medicine was meant for them.  At this year's FestivALL, Charleston’s Contemporary Youth Arts Company their own adaptation of the classic 1958 film The Blob in the form of a musical.  Also, Rodney Crowell performs "Moving Work of Art" in this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Prison Overcrowding
5:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

State Making Progress in Reducing Prison Population

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presents new data on the state's declining prison population in Washington, D.C., Thursday.
Credit Council of State Governments

It’s only been a little over a year since Governor Tomblin signed the Justice Reinvestment Act into law, but the state is already seeing results in the amount of people being held in state jails and prisons.

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Prison Overcrowding
4:43 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Should the Division of Corrections Become a Separate State Department?

Senate President Jeff Kessler presents DOC Commissioner Jim Rubenstein with a proclamation declaring Feb. 14, 2014, Division of Corrections Day at the Legislature.
Credit Janet Kunicki / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Division of Corrections was honored in the Senate Friday with a resolution declaring February 14, 2014, Corrections day at the legislature.

Commissioner Jim Rubenstein was joined by his Cabinet Secretary Joe Thornton and other members of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety to receive the honor.

“On this day, it is important for this Legislature to remember that the starting annual salary for an entry level correctional professional in West Virginian is $22,584,” said Sen. Bill Laird.

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Senate
4:20 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Governor's Budget Allows for Private Prison Payments

Commissioner Jim Rubenstein testifies before the Senate Finance Committee.
Credit Janet Kunicki

During the Division of Corrections budget hearing, Commissioner Jim Rubenstein said the governor’s proposed budget for the division includes additional funding for provisions of Senate Bill 371, the governor’s prison reform bill. It includes increases for the transition of the Salem Industrial Home for Youth to the Salem Correctional Center.

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Prison Overcrowding
5:24 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Kentucky Company Says Can House W.Va. Inmates for Less

Division of Corrections Jim Rubenstein
Credit Division of Corrections

A private prison company in Kentucky said Monday it can house West Virginia inmates for less than the state Division of Corrections.

Kentucky’s Corrections Corporation of America said in a bid opened by the state Purchasing Division it can house up to 400 West Virginia prisoners in its Beattyville facility for $59.80 per day.

It costs the DOC around $65 per day to house prisoners at an in state facility according to division Commissioner Jim Rubenstein.

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Prison Overcrowding
6:35 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Company Bids to House W.Va. Prisoners in Ky. Facility

Credit prweb.com

With the opening of an envelope and the reading of a few numbers, the state Purchasing Office completed a bid opening Thursday for the Division of Corrections.

The request for proposals, known as an RFP in government jargon, asked national companies or state corrections departments to bid on sending West Virginia inmates to their out-of-state facilities in the hopes of curbing the state over crowding problem.

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Salem Correctional Center
10:27 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Salem Facility Transitions to Adult Prison

A panoramic view of a unit in the Salem Correctional Center.
Ashton Marra

After a lawsuit criticizing the Salem Industrial Home for Youth last year, the home was ordered closed and its juvenile residents transferred to other facilities throughout the state.

But that wasn’t the end for the Harrison County location. The Division of Corrections has worked over several months to transition the facility and its counselors from one for youth to one that now focuses on the rehabilitation of adult males.

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