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West Virginia Correctional Population Forecast, 2007-2017: A Study of the State's Prison Population

NCJ Number
Sara K. Withrow M.S.
Date Published
December 2008
16 pages
This study describes the current correctional population in West Virginia and provides policymakers with a 10-year correctional population forecast.
This report begins with a description of the West Virginia’s current and historical correctional population and growth. This section describes the number and types of commitments, admissions, and releases to and from the Division of Corrections (DOC). Special attention is given to the proportion of new admissions and commitments that are comprised of parole violators. Trends in average maximum sentence lengths are also presented. Lastly, the time prisoners serve in DOC facilities is described by type of offense. The report concludes with the presentation of the current 2007-2017 forecast projections. This section presents the current 2007-2017 correctional population forecast, along with selected characteristics of this population. A backcast of the 2007-2017 forecast provides a means for evaluating the accuracy of the current forecast for the 2007 calendar year. The section on methodology provides a description of the simulation model, forecast assumptions, and data sources used to produce the current 2007-2017 projections. Tables, graphs and references