Facing a prison population that was growing three times faster than the national average and high rates of substance abuse among probationers and parolees, West Virginia lawmakers adopted a set of data-driven reforms in 2013. The new law strengthens community supervision by requiring supervision of probationers and parolees based on the results of risk and needs assessments and authorizing the use of graduated sanctions for technical violations of supervision. It also prioritizes the use of treatment and day reporting resources for offenders who are assessed as high risk and high need and requires a period of post-prison supervision for all offenders. The Division of Justice and Community Services is charged with implementation of the risk and needs assessment and evaluating the impact of other changes made to community supervision.
SB 371 (2013)
SB 457 (2014)
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