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A West Virginia jail is set to launch a new pilot program aimed at helping inmates overcome drug addiction.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports the program was announced Wednesday by the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety secretary, Jeff Sandy. The Western Regional Jail's pilot program will serve 32 men and 32 women in Cabell, Wayne and Putnam counties.

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Officials in one West Virginia county say they're spending less on jail by routing some offenders through alternative programs instead.

The Journal of Martinsburg reports Berkeley County's bill for the Eastern Regional Jail was down to nearly $646,000 for the three months ending in February, from nearly $800,000 during the same period the year before.

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A West Virginia city council has passed a bill allowing people to perform community service at nonprofit organizations and public entities in lieu of incarceration or paying fines to municipal court.

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West Virginia's Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority has agreed to keep the per diem rate for inmates at $48.25 next year.

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West Virginia authorities say the regional jail system has revamped its inmate mail policy so inmates receive photocopies of all mail from family friends and businesses and the originals are shredded.

According to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the state's prisons are poised to do the same as the 10 regional jails.

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Members in the House of Delegates have considered a number of bills this legislative session that increase the penalties for breaking various laws. At least three of those bills have focused on drug crimes which Republican lawmakers say is in response to the state’s substance abuse epidemic.

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A former jail guard has pleaded guilty to two federal charges, admitting he used excessive force against inmates at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

According to court documents, 21-year-old Hunter Lane Barrett, of Weston, assaulted one inmate in February and another in April.