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A W.Va. Unemployment Fraud Task Force Still Under Consideration

One bill likely to be revisited in the upcoming special session would create an unemployment fraud unit within WorkForce West Virginia.

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Inmates, Families Waiting On COVID-19 Vaccine In Jails, Prisons

West Virginia recently opened eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults in the state. But one segment of the population has been overlooked. Inmates in state jails and prisons haven’t gotten shots and they don’t know when they will.

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W.Va. Prisons Data Show Significant Racial Disparity in Recidivist Life Sentencing

A Freedom of Information Request filed by WVPB which was used to analyze sentencing data in the state, showed 20 percent of people who have been sentenced to life in prison under the state’s three-strike law are Black men. That’s one out of every five cases in a state where Black people make up less than 4 percent of the population.

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