Daily Statistics (May 17, 2022)
5,253 people in WV regional jails
4,327 people in WV state prisons
Jails are 23% over capacity
13% of the prison and jail population is Black

Drastic Drop in Arrests During COVID-19 Crisis

This post is authored by Ryan Brij Stewart, the WVCBP’s 2020 Summer Research Associate with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium in PovertyHe studies Government and Philosophy at Hamilton College.

With the emergence of COVID-19 over the past several months, various systems of criminal justice in West Virginia have been forced to adjust their practices in order to reduce the spread of the disease. Previous analysis has shown a reduction in the prison and jail system populations in West Virginia. New evidence out of Charleston, West Virginia shows that there has been a large reduction in arrest rates as well.

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