Date Requested:January 12, 2011
Time Requested:04:10 PM
Agency: Corrections
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R1038 Introduced HB2299
CBD Subject: ELIMINATE PAROLE
FUND(S)
Sources of Revenue
General Fund
Legislation creates:
A New Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    The typical criminal sentence in West Virginia has a parole eligibility date that is less than a quarter of the full term. As a result the majority of releases from WVDOC are parole releases. Passage of this bill would result in a doubling or tripling of the average length of stay for WVDOC offenders when accounting for Good Time Credits. As a consequence the State could expect a catastrophic increase in the prison population that is already 20% larger than our bed capacity. An estimate of the financial impact is difficult to develop but such a calculation would have to consider a doubling or tripling of the offender population and the resulting costs for multiple large scale prison construction projects and the accompanying yearly operational costs. A single 1,200-bed prison has been estimated to cost between $150-$200 million.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Loita Butcher
Email Address:
loita.c.butcher@wv.gov
    The typical criminal sentence in West Virginia has a parole eligibility date that is less than a quarter of the full term. As a result the majority of releases from WVDOC are parole releases. Passage of this bill would result in a doubling or tripling of the average length of stay for WVDOC offenders when accounting for Good Time Credits. As a consequence the State could expect a catastrophic increase in the prison population that is already 20% larger than our bed capacity. An estimate of the financial impact is difficult to develop but such a calculation would have to consider a doubling or tripling of the offender population and the resulting costs for multiple large scale prison construction projects and the accompanying yearly operational costs. A single 1,200-bed prison has been estimated to cost between $150-$200 million.