Last fall, Grassroots Leadership caught wind that the West Virginia Department of Corrections was looking to transfer and house up to 400 prisoners out-of-state in attempts to alleviate prison overcrowding at home. [node:read-more:link]
As part of our ongoing efforts to stop the state of West Virginia from shipping prisoners across state lines to private for-profit prisons, Grassroots Leadership is sending an open letter to prisoners in West Virginia to raise awareness of their constitutional rights that are at risk. State lawmakers continue to debate sending prisoners to private facilities run by the Corrections Corporation of America in Kentucky instead of pursuing other options that would truly address the state’s overcrowded prisons issues and would adhere to the state constitution. Unlike other states that we highlighed in our recent report Locked Up and Shipped Away, West Virginia's constitution bars banishment of prisoners, which places prisoners in a unique and critical role in advocating against CCA profiteering from their transfer. They have the right to say no and to be incarcerated and rehabilitated within the state of West Virginia.