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HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 21



(By Delegate Perry)

 

Designating February 14, 2011, as "Corrections Day".

    Whereas, It is the mission of the West Virginia Division of Corrections to provide a safe, secure and humane correctional system for the public, staff and offenders; and

    Whereas, The adult correctional population continues to expand and it is important for agency representatives and policymakers to appreciate the nature and magnitude of the growth; and
    Whereas, West Virginia was ranked 34th in the nation in 2007, with an incarceration rate of 333 per 100,000 residents. That between 2000 and 2006, West Virginia had the fastest growing prison population in the nation; and

    Whereas, Commitments to the Division of Corrections grew by 21.9% in 2007, resulting in 3,449 new inmates and that parole violators comprised a high of 14.0% of all new commitments in 2007; and

    Whereas, In 2007, only 4.9% of all parole violators were returning due to the commission of a new crime. That in 2006, 75.9% of new admissions were for nonviolent crimes; and

    Whereas, As of December 2007, West Virginia's correctional population was almost two and one-half times its size in 1995. In 2007 property offenders comprised the largest group of inmates confined in the total prison population at 19.2%. That between 2000 and 2004, 37.1% of inmates were released on parole compared to 51.5% between 2005 and 2007 so over half (54.8%) of all inmates released in 2007 were granted parole. Therefore, the parole grant rates increased by 9.0% between 2006 and 2007; and

    Whereas, West Virginia's correctional population is forecasted to increase at an average annual growth rate of 5.6% over the next decade and according to the forecast, the Division of Corrections can expect to receive approximately 430 additional inmates per year. Therefore, the correctional population is expected to reach 8,530 inmates in 2012 and 10,304 in 2017; and

    Whereas, The information provided in this resolution will assist public officials and agency representatives in planning for the future and developing policies for the management of the West Virginia correctional population as well as providing adequate pay, benefits, and a safe secure workplace for the employees in the correctional system; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Delegates:

    That the House of Delegates hereby designates February 14, 2011, as "Corrections Day"; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates recognizes the exceptional service and commitment of the employees of the Division of Corrections; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Director of the Division of Corrections.

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