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


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


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    



Memorandum


    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.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Loita Butcher
    Email Address: loita.c.butcher@wv.gov