Increasing Prison Population

By: WSAZ News Channel 3 Email
By: WSAZ News Channel 3 Email

People are being sent to West Virginia's prisons at a record pace and now the state is wondering how to deal with it.

The prison population will top seven thousand in the next five years.325 people were sentenced to prison in March.

That’s a single-month record and nearly doubles the monthly average with about 150 inmates being released from prison each month.

It would take about five years to build a $1,000 bed medium security prison, so the state is looking at alternatives.

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