July 27, 2017

Dozens of probation officers who keep tabs on W.Va. sex offenders to lose jobs

7-27-17 West Virginia:

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) Thirty-nine people responsible for keeping tabs on the more than 650 sex offenders living in West Virginia will soon be out of a job, according an order signed on June 26, by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Justice Allen Loughry.

The order effectively eliminates the Intensive Supervision Office (ISO) for Sex Offenders started by Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis as part of the Child Protection Act of 2006.

According to the court's website, the program is comprised of 39 men and women whose only duty is to supervise offenders convicted of sex crimes and serious child abuse offenses. "These officers work out of their vehicles, not offices," the website said.

The website's description of the program continued "in addition to standard work hours, they work holidays, nights, weekends, and hours in between, to make sure offenders are complying with the terms and conditions of their court orders. Extended supervision for these offenders also includes polygraph examinations and electronic monitoring." ..Continued..

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