WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
House Bill 2976
By Delegates Martin, Miller, Doyle, Fleischauer, Ellington, Capito, Graves, Kessinger, Steele and Hanna
[Introduced March 08, 2021; Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary]
A BILL To amend and reenact §17-5-1 of the Code of West Virginia,1931, as amended, relating to making all inmates, regardless of gender, eligible to work on a state convict road force.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 5. STATE CONVICT ROAD FORCE.
§17-5-1. State convict road force; how used.
convicted of a felony and, sentenced to imprisonment or confinement in the
penitentiary a correctional facility by any court, or who may
hereafter be sentenced for a felony, whether actually sentenced to labor or
not, or so many thereof as may be required by the state road commissioner,
shall, as incident to such sentence or confinement, constitute the state
convict road force and as such may be employed under the supervision of the
state road commissioner in building, surfacing and maintaining roads under the
supervision of the state road commissioner, including all roads in the state
road system, and in and about any quarries, gravel pits, sandbanks, crushers,
brick kilns, or other plants and places operated by the state road commission
for the manufacture and acquisition of materials for use in the construction,
maintenance and repair of such roads.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make all state inmates, regardless of gender, members of the state convict road force.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.