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CBER to Host Free, Innovative Energy Conference

WV Research
4/1/2013
Huntington, WV – The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Marshall University, in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy, will host a free, innovative energy efficiency conference Wednesday, May 22, at the Marshall University Foundation Hall (519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV). The one-day conference, Energy Efficiency in West Virginia: Projects and Prospects, offers participants the opportunity to learn more about commercial, residential and industrial energy efficiency initiatives both locally and nationally. Read more

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Calvin Kent: Solving two problems together

Charleston Gazette
3/1/2013
West Virginia is taking steps forward on two major issues: Prison overcrowding and juvenile justice reform. But important next steps should be taken. Some existing juvenile incarceration facilities should be converted into beds for adult offenders, and the state should place an expanded emphasis on early childhood and Pre-K education. Gov. Tomblin’s prison overcrowding and justice reinvestment bill (SB 371) deserves quick consideration and passage by the House as it received in the Senate. Read more

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Treatment of juvenile offenders criticized

Herald Dispatch
3/1/2013
HUNTINGTON — The Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University released a white paper Friday that calls the state’s juvenile incarceration program ineffective, while also presenting best practices that have been shown to decrease recidivism and increase educational attainment. Researchers who compiled the report called “Incarceration of Juveniles in West Virginia” found that West Virginia is bucking the trend, in the wrong direction, on juvenile incarcerations. The Mountain State’s rate of incarceration of youth increased by 60 percent from 1997 to 2010, based on a one-day snapshot. Read more

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Marshall University report: juvenile incarceration ‘counterproductive’

The State Journal
3/1/2013
The same day the Division of Juvenile Services announced its intention to close the Industrial Home for Youth as a juvenile facility and move adults into the institution, Marshall University’s Center for Business and Economic Research released a white paper on the incarceration of juveniles. The paper, released March 15, said there should be other methods besides juvenile incarceration while also considering overcrowding in adult prisons. Short- to medium-term juvenile facilities, the paper continues, could be reopened as adult facilities, such as the DJS’ intention in the Industrial Home’s case. Longer term goals, the paper states, would be to expand childcare and Pre-K education programs. According to the paper, this would have a positive effect in reducing instances of juvenile delinquency and recidivism. Read more