Just as Tomblin is expected to incorporate recommendations of an education efficiency audit by Public Works LLC, recommendations by the nonpartisan Justice Center of the Council of State Governments are expected to provide the basis for proposals to relieve critical overcrowding of the state's prisons and Regional Jail system.
That report called for expanding probation, parole and community sentencing, but requiring post-release supervision for all former inmates. Also, noting that substance and/or alcohol abuse is a primary or contributing factor in about 80 percent of incarcerations, the report calls for expanded community based substance abuse treatment programs for released inmates.
Tonight's address will be Tomblin's first without having an acting or interim title as governor.
In 2011, Tomblin technically was still Senate president and was acting as governor after Gov. Joe Manchin vacated the office to become a U.S. senator. In 2012, Tomblin had won special election to serve the year remaining on Manchin's unexpired term.
Last November, Tomblin won election to a full four-year term, defeating Republican challenger Bill Maloney for the second time in 13 months.
The speech from House chambers will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast statewide, and also will be streamed live at the governor's website at www.governor.wv.gov.
At noon today, the Legislature will reconvene to start its 60-day regular session. The House and Senate convened briefly on Jan. 9 to elect officers.
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