Introduced Version House Resolution 30 History

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(By Delegates Perry, Shaver, Hartman, Ashley, Azinger, Iaquinta, Ireland, Longstreth, Moye, Porter and Swartzmiller)

Designating March 16, 2009, as "Corrections Day".
Whereas, It is the mission of the West Virginia Division of Corrections to provide a safe, secure and humane correctional system for the public, staff and offenders; and
Whereas, The adult correctional population continues to expand and it is important for agency representatives and policymakers to appreciate the nature and magnitude of the growth; and
Whereas, West Virginia was ranked 40th in the nation in 2005, with an incarceration rate of 291 per 100,000 residents. That between 1995 and 2005, West Virginia had the second fastest growing prison population in the nation; and
Whereas, Commitments to the Division of Corrections grew by 5.6% in 2005, resulting in 2,605 new inmates and that parole violators comprised a high of 14.8% of all new commitments in 2005; and
Whereas, In 2005, only 4.1% of all parole violators were returning due to the commission of a new crime. That in 2004, seven out of ten new admissions were for nonviolent offenses and excluding assault, violent offenders received the longest sentences in 2004; and
Whereas, As of December, 2005, West Virginia's correctional population was over two and one-half times its size in 1993. That between 1998 and 2000, 53.2% of inmates were released on parole compared to 41.8% between 2001 and 2005 so nearly half (48.6%) of all inmates released in 2005 were granted parole. Therefore, the largest percent increase in parole grant rates occurred in 2005, with a 10.0% increase from the previous year; and
Whereas, West Virginia's correctional population is forecasted to increase at an average annual growth rate of 3.3% over the next decade and according to the forecast, the Division of Corrections can expect to receive approximately 205 additional inmates per year. Therefore, the correctional population is expected to reach 6,192 inmates in 2010 and 7,369 in 2015; and
Whereas, The information provided in this resolution will assist public officials and agency representatives in planning for the future and developing policies for the management of the West Virginia correctional population as well as providing adequate pay, benefits, and a safe secure workplace for the employees in the correctional system; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby designates March 16, 2009, as "Corrections Day"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates recognizes the exceptional service and commitment of the employees of the Division of Corrections; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Director of the Division of Corrections.
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