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Jenkins appointed to prison study group

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:08 PM

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler has appointed Sen. Evan Jenkins, D-Cabell, to the Council of State Governments' prison overcrowding working group.

Jenkins said in a prepared release that the working group must look at the complete criminal justice system and make changes.

"Significant costs, like our prison overcrowding problem, continue to place enormous pressure on the taxpayers of West Virginia," he said. "I appreciate this appointment to help craft real, meaningful solutions to these difficult issues."

Jenkins is joined by Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, and Sen. Bill Laird, D-Fayette, on the working group along with three members of the House of Delegates, court officials, state agency directors and criminal justice stakeholders.

The bipartisan group will review trends in the state's criminal justice system and develop policy options for review in the upcoming legislative session.