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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 22

(By Senators Love, Prezioso, McCabe, Edgell, Minard, Stollings, Jenkins, Unger, Kessler and McKenzie)


Designating February 25, 2008, 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 40th in the nation in 2005, with an incarceration rate 291 per 100,000 residents and between 1995 and 2005, had the second fastest growing prison population in the nation; and
Whereas, Commitments to the Division of Corrections grew by 5.6% in 2005, resulting in 2,605 new inmates and that parole violators comprised a high of 14.8 percent of all new commitments in 2005; and
Whereas, West Virginia's correctional population is forecasted to increase at an average annual growth rate of 3.3 percent over the next decade and according to the forecast, the Division of Corrections can expect to receive approximately 205 additional inmates per year; 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 workplace for the employees in the correctional system; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates February 25, 2008, as "Corrections Day"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate hereby recognizes the exceptional service and commitment of the employees of the Division of Corrections; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate officials of the Division of Corrections.
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