The state of West Virginia has only one type of long-term confinement facility in its corrections system; these are called prisons. There are twenty-one state prisons in West Virginia. They are combined with county jails to make inmate processing easier.
The West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDCR) is the government agency in charge or all state-run prisons, jails, other facilities, inmates, and all West Virginia state prison inmate records. They make it easy to find someone in state prison or jail using their consolidated inmate locator feature on their website. They allow the public to perform a West Virginia state prison inmate search at any time.
The WVDCR’s mission is: “The mission of the West Virginia Division of Corrections is to enhance public safety by providing safe, secure, and humane correctional facilities, operating an effective system of offender re-entry and community supervision, reducing offender recidivism, and assisting victims of crime.”
The list of combined state prisons and jail facilities in West Virginia include:
Along with supervision, these prisons also provide inmates with recreation, education (including degree programs) therapy, counseling, drug and alcohol abuse treatment, medical services, mental health assistance, phone calls, visitation, and mail. They even have a library so inmates can borrow books to read. A few of the prisons also include work camps for low-risk inmates who want to keep busy.
There are only about 7,100 people in West Virginia state prisons. West Virginia’s incarceration rate is almost equal to the national average. More than 75% of the inmates are White, about 12% are Black, and the rest are other races. The most common crimes committed by inmates in West Virginia prison are murder, sexual offenses, drugs, and burglary.