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Jail Overcrowding, Rehabilitation, Jobs – An Overview Of Criminal Justice Reform Bills

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We explore criminal justice reform legislation from this session, and we bring you an in-depth report and follow-up conversation on the issue. We also bring you the latest news from West Virginia’s statehouse.

Reporter Emily Allen reports on bills this session to reduce the number of people incarcerated in West Virginia, and the efforts to remove barriers for those who were incarcerated when searching for housing and employment.

Allen also speaks with Jeff Sandy, Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCML_4Zn7do

We meet the Senate Clerk and the House Clerk, who do some heavy lifting at the Capitol. As Randy Yohe reports, the final week of the state Legislative session is crunch-time for the clerks.

Wednesday on The Legislature Today, we'll have an update on the House of Delegate's budget, and the interim Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission will be our guest. I'm Emily Allen, for everyone here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, thanks for joining us, and have a great evening.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her B.A. in Communications from Shepherd University in 2014. The WVPB Eastern Panhandle news bureau is based in Shepherdstown on Shepherd's campus. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV