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Overcrowded jail system reaching a crisis point

March 16, 2013

A pair of Randolph County news stories this week illustrate the massive problems the state is facing regarding overcrowding in the regional jail and prison systems....

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Apr-16-13 2:50 PM

All one has to do is look at states run by liberals and see they have the MOST crime. They ahve the most strict gun laws; they have the most taxes and even when we have a radical liberal socialist democrat like Obama............they whole COUNTRY goes to pieces. It ALWAYS takes a conservative INDEPENDENT and INDIVIDUAL THINKER to get back in office to get the morality, the laws, and order back. It takes a conservative to lower the taxes and allow folks to LIVE with prosperity again. It can't come soon enough after the WORST president EVER--Obama!

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Apr-05-13 10:41 PM

Build the new prison, we're going to need it.

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Mar-24-13 1:37 AM

The left just always side with the degenerates, the politically correct which is really morally corrupt. They prefer feeling sympathy for criminals than the victims and that is the sad truth as you watch every execution bringing in these lefties with their lit candles begging for pardons for murderers and rapists. It's sickening.

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Mar-23-13 3:16 PM

i think u have picked up a book by karl marx.

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Mar-21-13 11:54 PM

ok, not even wasting my time. i must have picked up and read another book.

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Mar-20-13 10:39 PM

very sorry to hear about your goddaughter what, im sure thats hard.

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Mar-20-13 10:36 PM

if pure is such a believer in god, i think he needs to reread the bible because his views and comments about certain things dont make him sound very god fearing. they make him sound like hitler, and we all know where he ended up.

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Mar-17-13 7:07 PM

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why radical leftists don't want criminals held accountable and don't want law-abiding innocent citizens to be able to defend themselves and their own property from these degenerates. They obviously are worried about themselves getting caught and/or stopped physically by the property owner.

The new legislation to allow property owners to defend themselves with force if someone comes on their property attempting to steal or harm someone else on their property is a GOOD thing. Not so good for offenders though, which is why some on here don't like it.

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Mar-17-13 7:03 PM

Just look at the news on television each night or in this paper. Most of our high crime rate in WV recently is due to OUTSIDERS from other states and/or illegal aliens comitting the crimes.

Another reason overcrowded prisons? Because liberals 'sympathize' with their own kind (criminals) instead of the law-abiding victims. We should start executing murderers and rapists. That alone would allow more prison space for the other degenerates.

I suspect the small town thieves and even those rapists and would-be attempted murderers will be stopped now that our governor/legislatures are doing away with previous laws against citizens protecting themselves and their property by now changing and allowing citizens to use physical force to stop them on our property. This is a great idea. Who would have thought democrats one day would realize it's their own bad previous laws that are causing such chaos and increase in criminal activity?!? I guess it's better late than never.

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Mar-16-13 10:43 AM

he always tries to go off subject. these examples the writer uses are not caused by overcrowding, i sure stuff like this happens in all jails. it is caused by being understaffed. if pure had his way he would just shoot everyone and he wonders why we have gun laws.

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Mar-16-13 10:06 AM

Sources for amounts below: US Census data (overall population); Pew Research Hispanic Center (estimated non-citizen data); theinmatelocator. c o m (prison and supervision (P&P) stats)

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Mar-16-13 10:04 AM

Puremistakes strikes again. A person accused of a crime is prosecuted and housed in the jurisdiction of sentencing. If WV has out of state prisoners they are likely 1 of 3 situations: 1) Awaiting transfer to accusing area; 2) They committed a crime IN THIS state; 3) The state of offense is overcrowded too and is paying WV to house their inmate. Feds will take and are only responsible for those accused of a federal offenses.

Relating to illegals- it is estimated that WV had UNDER 10,000 within the general population in 2010 & our overall population was judged as 1,852,999. This yields a percentage of 0.54%. Current WV prison population is 5,067 and P&P numbers are 6,977. So to be conservative we have 65 =((6977+5067)*.0054) non-US citizens in the entire WV corrections system and only 27 in jail. That low figure is hardly the big reason for overcrowding to me.

I decided against calcing the feds b/c that comment is off topic from the editorial.

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