- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is abandoning a plan to house some inmates in Kentucky.

The state had considered the transfer of up to 400 inmates. The felony offenders would have received educational and other programs required for parole eligibility.

The reversal was announced on Monday, and officials pointed to a declining inmate population. They credited the passage of the Justice Reinvestment Act.

Signed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in 2013, the act has reduced the regional jail backlog by hundreds of inmates through drug courts and other community treatment options. Legislation enacted last year has also ensured access to needed programs for inmates.

Corrections Corporation of America was the sole bidder for the West Virginia inmates. They were to be housed at CCA’s Lee Adjustment Center in Kentucky.

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