Late last week I learned the state of West Virginia prison system transferred Austin Vantrease. He left his longtime abode at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail to new digs at the Martinsburg Correctional Facility. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (a.k.a., VINE) alerts me in two ways; telephone and email. The alerts are either on the same day or next day of a transfer, depending on the time of transport and intake (they don’t call in the wee overnight hours, but I do get the email immediately). The automated system notifies me as soon as his custody is transferred. I often wonder if I know where Austin is even before he does.
The official mission statement of the Martinsburg Correctional Facility is:
“…to support the vision of the West Virginia Division of Corrections through effective intake, security and classification policies for an accurate diagnostic assessment on all inmates in an effort to increase the potential for successful reentry, reduce the rate of recidivism and thereby enhance safety and security for all citizens in the State of West Virginia.”
[Source: West Virginia Division of Corrections]
I included an updated mug shot of Austin Vantrease, current as of a week ago. For those who use Pinterest, this might be worth adding to your board. I can assure you I’ll add it soon after this post hits the internet! Don’t forget, you can follow Ryan’s Pinterest boards here.
In other words, it appears convicted felon Austin Issac Vantrease is applying for parole at (the minimum) two-year mark of his criminal sentence. Just to be clear, I have no firsthand knowledge that this is fact and it is not tied to the civil trials pending against him. What I’m doing here is simply trying to connect the dots. According to the same website, the Martinsburg Center is a diagnostic facility for Department of Corrections. Because this is an intake facility only, inmates stay there for only a short time before transfer to other facilities. After the inmates complete the intake process, they’re moved to another facility and are scheduled for a parole hearing at the next available date, as stated on the West Virginia Parole Board website. I suppose there are other reasons an inmate might go to the Martinsburg Correctional Facility, but I just don’t know of any.