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WV bolsters Community Corrections panel


Sept. 1, 2017

West Virginia bolsters Community Corrections panel  


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A longtime Parkersburg public servant and the new advocate for West Virginia’s 55 counties will help oversee and support community-based criminal justice programs, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy has announced.

 Sandy has named Rick Modesitt as the at-large member of the Community Corrections Subcommittee, while Jonathan Adler joins the panel as the recently selected executive director of the W.Va. Association of Counties.

 “This often-overlooked component of our criminal justice system is gaining two valuable voices with these additions,” Sandy said. “I look forward to working with them and the subcommittee to help our communities reduce crime and recidivism.”

 Modesitt is a businessman who served as a Wood County commissioner for a decade, and as a two-term House of Delegates member before that. He was previously with the Parkersburg Police Department for more than 20 years, retiring as its chief in 1997. He has remained active in community affairs, including through various nonprofit board, and his entertainment booking agency covers 15 East Coast states.

 Adler, a Weston native, traces his public service to the administration of Gov. Gaston Caperton, where he was an aide. He has remained involved in governmental affairs through positions with Columbia Gas Transmission, CONSOL Energy, W.Va. State University and the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He succeeded a retiring Patti Hamilton at the Association of Counties in July.

 The subcommittee performs a crucial role as West Virginia communities work together to deter crime and rehabilitate offenders. It helps them develop, establish and maintain community-based corrections programs that provide the judicial system with sentencing alternatives for those adult offenders who do not require incarceration.

 The 30 Day Report Centers that serve 51 counties are perhaps the most visible example of this approach. The ongoing opioid crisis, meanwhile, has served to underscore their importance.

 The subcommittee is part of the long-standing Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction, upon which both Modesitt and Adler will also serve. The Division of Justice and Community Services, which is part of Military Affairs and Public Safety, was created to staff the committee and its subcommittees.


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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 558-2930 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov