The West Virginia legislature is considering a bill to ease prison crowding. The legislation could be beneficial, not only by opening up prison beds six months early, but by helping inmates transition to the outside world -- particularly those who have served long sentences, according to Charleston Gazette .
Many inmates with a year remaining on their prison terms
will opt not to have parole hearings, preferring to serve the additional time to
avoid having supervision from parole officers once released.
Substance abuse treatment programs, provide inmates the
incentive to pursue early release, also will help address
On the front-end, it would require Corrections to expand its substance abuse
treatment programs for all non-violent offenders, except for those whose crimes
involved children, reported the Gazette.
Upon successful completion of the treatment program, which generally runs
eight months to one year, the sentencing court would have the discretion to
place the individual on probation.
On the back end, inmates within six months of completing their full sentences
would be placed on supervised parole. Currently, inmates who complete their
sentences are discharged into society without any supervision.
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