|CHARLESTON — One of the biggest legislative hurdles facing counties across the state is a measure that would consolidate the state’s prison system and potentially raise county jail fees 14 percent.
“As it’s written, it’s devastating,” Ohio County Commissioner Tim McCormick said during the County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia’s legislative conference Monday. “If that bill were to pass as written, every county in the state would not be able to pay their jail bill.”
McCormick, who also chairs the Regional Jail Authority board of directors, said Senate Bill 369 would consolidate the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety’s prison, jail and juvenile justice agencies into a single division. The state Division of Corrections, the Regional Jail and Correctional Facilities Authority and the Division of Juvenile Services would be combined into the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation within DMAPS.