"If you're two minutes late to meet your parole officer, it's a technical violation," he noted. "If you get caught behind a train coming out your hollow ... you've violated your parole."
That measure was rejected 62-36.
Other rejected amendments would have required the Division of Corrections to submit monthly reports to the Legislature regarding the effectiveness of the new law, and would have created a state Sentencing Commission to review sentences for all crimes in state criminal law.
Delegate Kevin Craig, D-Cabell, who has co-sponsored similar proposals in the past, said the House should not risk the possible loss of the legislation by adding a substantive amendment at the last minute.
"This is not the proper bill to try this," he said.
"The issue is the reduction of recidivism, and the intense impact that's having around the state," Craig said. "If we don't solve this problem, the state is faced with spending $250 million to $300 million to build a new prison."
With the rejection of the amendments Thursday, the House version of the bill is not substantially different from the bill that passed the Senate on March 21.
Key changes made by the House would require monitoring devices for all individuals on mandatory post-release supervision, and would require all 31 judicial circuits to administer drug courts by July 1, 2016.
The courts, which provide community corrections and substance-abuse treatment and counseling to drug offenders, are available in 30 of the 55 counties.Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.