West Virginia’s prisons and regional jails are overcrowded nearly to the crisis point....
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you should be locked up for drug related crimes but not drug abuse.
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cont Drug abuse and drug related crimes committed are at crisis level and the issues of overcrowded prisons are a direct result of this.
Just recently the Juvenile Institution in Salem WV was vacated of youth offenders. This could be an opportunity to turn this facility into a specifically defined facility just for inmates whose crimes involved drugs and/or the ones who committed crimes while under the influence of drugs. The emphasis would be on recovery, learning about the severity and permanent physical/mental damage done resulting from drug abuse. Classes, discussions and meetings (all based on the 12 step program) would be mandatory as well as active inmate participation in all the above to be able to stay at this facility. Education and holding down a job (work ethic) within the facility would be mandatory. Money earned from these jobs would be designated to make the inmate self-supporting and a percentage going to reimburse the victims. All of this would be required for the inmate to stay here. Anything less would result in the inmate being transferred out of Salem. Drug abuse and drug related crimes committed
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