By Jean A. Flanagan
The 2017 West Virginia Legislature took steps to help convicted felons of nonviolent crimes get a “second chance” at a productive life.
“House Bill 2657 allows nonviolent felons the opportunity to petition the court to have their felony reduced to a misdemeanor 10 years after completing the terms of that felony conviction,” said Del. Isaac Sponaugle (D-55).
Sponaugle met with the Examiner to outline changes made during the Legislative Session, effecting residents of Hardy County.
“A felony conviction really hurts an individual’s chance at getting a good job,” Sponaugle said. “This should help. They’ve done their time. This gives them a second chance.”
The Legislature also passed the Medical Cannabis Act, which allows for the legal use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.