Criminal Law Research Center Presents CLE on Resilience

Public Defender Services’ Criminal Law Research Center hosted a screening of the film Resilience on October 25, 2019, followed by a discussion of the science behind adverse childhood experiences and resilience for use in mitigation. Abuse, neglect, trauma, and dysfunction in childhood are measured in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, one of the largest […] Continue reading

Incarcerating Parents Effects on the Next Generation

A new study found the children of incarcerated parents and caregivers were at greater risk of psychiatric disorders and societal disenfranchisement. Based on a longitudinal study (the Great Smoky Mountains Study that ran from 1993 to 2000), researchers performed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment that looked at parental incarceration, childhood psychiatric diagnoses, and other […] Continue reading

Overdoses and Foster Care in WV

West Virginia has the highest drug overdose rates in the country and is in the midst of a foster care crisis. Point in fact, West Virginia has the highest rates of very young children (babies and toddlers) entering the foster care system, at a rate of 20.8 in 1,000; the national average is 6.6 in […] Continue reading

H.B. 2083: Identification Cards for DOCR-Released Inmates

House Bill 2083 provides for a partnership between West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“DOCR”) and the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue an identification card for released inmates; it takes effect June 7, 2019. This law will ensure persons released from state corrections facilities have an official form of identification to seek employment, […] Continue reading

Senate Bill 17

Governor Justice signed into law Senate Bill 17 relating to probation eligibility. The significant change adds the option of a psychological study and diagnosis to those persons charged with a sex offense seeking eligibility for probation. The original language in the code stated: “such person shall only be eligible for probation after undergoing a physical, […] Continue reading

Parental Rights: II

The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA) was passed by the United States Congress to encourage the adoption of children who have been in foster care placements and to emphasize permanent living placements as quickly as possible. Specifically, a State must file a petition for termination of parental rights after a child has […] Continue reading