The committee shall further study and inform the state judiciary of the impact of sentencing on the composition of the prison population in proportion to the use of facilities. It shall recommend alternatives to long-term sentencing, and shall recommend measures to improve the quality of correctional staff and facilitate nonconfrontational contacts with inmates. The committee shall investigate means to structure inmates' time to ensure genuine and willing reaccommodations to societal norms; shall probe and coordinate all available means for funding state, regional and county correctional facilities; and shall contract with penal experts to study these issues in appropriate depth and perspective. Annually, to predict a prudent use of available funds, the committee shall study the profile of the inmate population with regard to its age and social background and needs.
The committee shall recommend to the Legislature the funding required to execute these functions. It shall meet regularly with the governing body of the authority established in this article to determine what may be required for full and timely compliance with all federal mandates and court-ordered changes in the correctional system and shall recommend funding for these changes.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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