I placed a call to Huttonsville Correctional Center yesterday morning to get the new date for convicted felon Austin Vantrease’s rescheduled parole hearing. The hearing was originally scheduled for last month, but not all the information (e.g., like the behavioral report, psychologial assessment, etc.) was available. As the call was dialing through I wondered when they rebranded “prisons” as “correctional centers”. I’m sure they had other reasons, but I’m guessing it was to sound more politically correct. We certainly wouldn’t want to offend any criminals and their families, now would we?
Here’s what I was told when I called. Austin Vantease will have his hearing before the West Virginia Parole Board on Tuesday, August 28th. It will begin at nine in the morning, with a thirty minute allotment. The hearing will be held right in the Huttonsville
Prison (oops!) Correctional Center. Vantrease in now incarcerated there, serving his two to ten-year sentence; which, in truth, is a two to five-year sentence unless he gets himself in more trouble behind bars. Even then, I hear the prisoners have privileges removed (to include solitary confinement) before they add time to their sentence. I suppose it might have something to do with overcrowding.
I wonder when the outcome will be known. Immediately? That same day? Longer? If anyone has any insight into this it would be nice for everyone to know. For my part, either way the Parole Board rules, I would like to know sooner rather than later.