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2 companies interested in housing W.Va. inmates in out-of-state facilities
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:54 AM EDT
Two companies are interested in housing West Virginia inmates in out-of-state facilities.
The division wants to house up to 400 inmates in out-of-state facilities to ease overcrowding. More than 1,600 inmates are housed in regional jails because there's no space for them in the state's prisons.
Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein tells the Charleston Gazette that training and treatment programs required to become eligible for parole aren't available in regional jails.
The West Virginia Constitution bans involuntarily sending inmates to other states. Inmates would have to volunteer to be transferred to an out-of-state prison.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com