WEST virginia legislature
2019 regular session
House Bill 2640
By Delegate Wilson, Brown, S., Malcolm, Jeffries, J., Waxman, Storch, Graves, Summers, Rowan, Staggers and Longstreth
[Introduced January 24, 2019; 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 sex 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.
male persons 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
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make all state inmates regardless of sex 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.