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Dealing with state prison overcrowding
By .theintermountain.com
Published: 01/29/2013

Recommendations to help West Virginia cope with prison overcrowding appear to be based firmly on the philosophy that most criminals can be rehabilitated - that, in effect, once they are released from custody they would prefer to go and sin no more. Let's hope so.

Both state prisons and regional jails are packed. One estimate is that as many as 2,000 convicted felons are being held in regional jails instead of higher security prisons.

Something has to be done about the problem, before a federal judge steps in and orders the state to release some inmates to lessen overcrowding. It has happened in other states, forcing officials there to free some hardened criminals.

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