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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House Bill to Review Criminal Penalties in W.Va.

House Bill 2966 would put together an independent panel and create the West Virginia Sentencing Commission.It was taken up by the House Judiciary…

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