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Prison Reform Bill Passes

Measure intended to help ease the jail crowding problem

April 13, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia House passed a bill Friday to reform the state’s critically overcrowded prison system, a day after the family of a man killed in a regional jail in January said......

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Apr-13-13 2:08 PM

personal gain.

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Apr-13-13 2:07 PM

The prisons are overcrowded with drug users who turn to crime to support their addiction and they are getting extremely long (20 years to life) sentences. 20 years to life is typically what a person gets sentenced for murdering another human being. This does not make sense to me. The drug addicts need to be placed in a separate facility where recovery is the focus. Then we have the methadone clinic and pain clinics popping up (do we have a need for 24 hour a day pain clinics?) and are filled to capacity with addicts who want drugs and are willing to follow an assisted management program to obtain these drugs. I believe both are covered by medical insurance. How is it that these drug pushers are allowed to stay open and continue holding people hostage? It is the responsibility of the community to watch for these drug pushers and report to authorities any drug activity seen. No longer can we turn a blind eye to individuals and businesses who continue to ruin society for their personal

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Apr-13-13 2:06 PM

Fire up Old Sparky, that should open up a few hundred beds. In all honesty I have absolutely no sympathy for those in jail. Put them in pink undies and house the least violent in a tent. As for Jaquan or what ever his ************* name is, we need a Judge to rule his case superfilous and not even brought to any type of hearing.

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Apr-13-13 11:50 AM

Get tough on crime was the politicians cry in the 90's....the results are in!

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Apr-13-13 7:47 AM

I am so tired of the let the weed smokers out nonsense. No one ever goes to jail for smoking weed. If it were true the longest sentence would be ninety days. What this bill will really do is release a bunch of drug addicted thieves out onto the community. The resulting loss from assaults and property crimes will be much greater than building two prisons. Dumb idea, real dumb.

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Apr-13-13 7:19 AM

whg,i agree.the people that commit drug related crimes should be jailed but not the users.the people that are running these so called pain clinics are causing a lot of problems.too many pills out there.people that smoke weed will rarely ever commit crimes to support their habits.they generally aren't violent people.whiskey drinkers's real hard to condemn drug users when i've seen so many lives ruined by alcohol.and our government allows this.weed and alcohol are two totally different animals.

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Apr-13-13 4:16 AM

let out the weed smokers. shame they are housed with killers.

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