(1) The Commissioner of the Division of Corrections, or his or her designee;
(2) The Commissioner of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, or his or her designee;
(3) The Executive Director of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney's Institute, or his or her designee;
(4) The Executive Director of Public Defender Services, or his or her designee;
(5) The Director of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, or his or her designee;
(6) The President of the Sex Offender Registration Advisory Board, or his or her designee;
(7) The Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police, or his or her designee; and
(8) Four public members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate as follows:
(i) A forensic psychiatrist with experience evaluating persons charged with sexually violent offenses;
(ii) A forensic psychologist with experience evaluating persons charged with sexually violent offenses;
(iii) A prosecuting attorney with experience prosecuting persons for sexually violent offenses; and
(iv) A public defender or private criminal defense attorney: Provided, That the person have experience defending persons charged with committing sexually violent offenses.
(b) The task force also may invite, as it deems necessary, other individuals with certain specialties to join the task force as members, including, but not limited to, probation officers and current or former members of the judiciary in West Virginia. The Commissioner of the Division of Corrections shall chair the task force.
(c) Each ex officio member of the task force is entitled to be reimbursed by their employing agency for actual and necessary expenses incurred for each day or portion thereof engaged in the discharge of official duties in a manner consistent with guidelines of the travel management office of the Department of Administration. All other expenses incurred by the task force shall be paid by the Division of Corrections.
(d) It shall be the duty of the task force to develop measures for the appropriate treatment of sexually violent predators, assess resources and circumstances specific to West Virginia, examine constitutional, statutory and regulatory requirements with which such measures must comply, identify the administrative and financial impact of those measures and develop a plan for implementation of the measures by a date certain. In fulfilling those duties, the task force, at a minimum, shall:
(1) Consult with psychiatrists and psychologists regarding the management of sexually violent predators, including, but not limited to, their diagnosis and treatment;
(2) Evaluate current involuntary commitment procedures set forth in chapter twenty-seven of this code and how they may interact with the state's management of sexually violent predators;
(3) Survey the mental health resources offered by state agencies, including, but not limited to, current treatment resources for sexually violent predators in all phases of the correctional, probation and parole systems;
(4) Assess what, if any, state resources exist for use in the confinement of sexually violent predators;
(5) Examine the interaction between criminal penalties for sexually violent offenses and the management of sexually violent predators;
(6) Consider other states' approaches to managing sexually violent offenders released after the completion of their criminal sentences;
(7) Conduct interviews with relevant personnel inside and outside of state government; and
(8) Determine the fiscal impact of any of its recommendations.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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