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Growing Prison Population is Costly to Both Communities and Taxpayers

February 22, 2012

A new report highlights the impact of prison overcrowding and provides recommendations. Even though its crime rate is stable and its population is barely growing, West Virginia’s prison population continues to expand beyond the capacity of existing prisons and jails. Caught up in this crisis is the state’s African American community whose members are at least four times more likely to be incarcerated than white West Virginians. Read