That's why I've introduced HB 4079, HB 4080, and HB 4081 in the West Virginia Legislature.
Our current criminal justice system is seriously out of whack, and it's costing taxpayers a huge amount of money. It's also becoming a serious burden to the the ability of state and local governments to make budgetary ends meet.
West Virginia needs to walk away from the "lock 'em up and throw away the key" approach to all crimes, and instead focus on our public safety from those who truly endanger us and our families.
To that end, we need to develop reasonable alternatives as to how we deal with drug abuse and other crimes, but also be much more diligent in protecting us and our families from violent criminals.
HB 4079 does that by making those convicted of Murder, Rape, and Child Abuse ineligible for parole.
In regard to our sacred citizen rights and responsibilities, HB 4080 would give each of us more clout at the ballot box by requiring single member districts in the election of Delegates to the State Legislature, and HB 4081 would give citizens who participate in petition drives on ballot issues the same personal privacy rights as voters in elections.