State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Crime


Earl Ray Tomblin: Take preventative approach to juvenile justice

Following recommendations from my Commission on Juvenile we launched comprehensive juvenile justice reform that provided $600,000 in new funding to establish truancy diversion programs in each county. Since launching its own program in 2010, Putnam County has seen significant improvements in overall student attendance and achievement. Truancy referrals have dropped in half and four-year graduation rates have increased from 78% to 90% during that same period.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to West Virginia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Pat McGeehan: No capital punishment; don't prosecute minors as adults

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: No.

Q: Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?

A: No.

Q: Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?

A: No.

Source: West Virginia Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Joe Manchin III: Accelerated parole system for non-violent offenders

Like most states, West Virginia is facing a dramatically increasing prison population we simply cannot sustain. We are always going to be tough on crime, but we must adopt a different approach or we will have an insurmountable problem.

Tonight I am introducing a bill that will streamline our parole system and use our prisons to keep violent offenders where they belong--locked up. This accelerated parole system has been tested in other states and is one part of an overall plan to free up our prison resources.

This program would only be open to non-violent offenders and those convicted of crimes that do not involve a child. And, we will be working with West Virginia State University for the combined purpose of expanding our work-release program and renovating the former Rehabilitation Center in Institute. We are not being soft on crime--we are being smart on crime.

Source: West Virginia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Jay Wolfe: Support the use of the death penalty

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Jay Wolfe: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Bob Wise: $1.5M to raise pay for police and prison guards

Although we value their work, those who guard us against crime are paid far less in West Virginia than in our surrounding states. This is particularly true in the correctional system. After completing the required training, the starting salary for a correctional officer is $18,000. Severely understaffed and overworked, our correctional officers are spending long days in close quarters with dangerous and unpredictable criminals. I ask you to pass legislation that will provide a $2,000 annual raise for correctional officers.

Our State Police, too, are not paid adequately in accordance with the burden they carry. And, we are unable, in this tight budget year, to give them all they deserve. But I have set aside $1.5 million in the budget to offer an adjustment in the trooper longevity schedule that will reward our troopers for remaining on the job.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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