I swear, I so want to move off the topic of Austin Vantrease. I really do! Yet, he keeps popping up in the news and my email. I guess there’s simply no way for him to go unnoticed. His every move is watched and reported. Ah, felons… what are you gonna do with them?
As the victim’s family of the violent assault by Austin Vantrease (of Newark, Delaware) on my son, we receive periodic updates on prison custody status. I bet we know where Vantrease is even before he does. I get these several ways. One is by email. Another is by an automated phone notification.
This happened within hours of Vantrease’s transfer last week. Here is the email:
This e-mail is to inform you that AUSTIN VANTREASE has been transferred from Huttonsville Correctional Center as of 7/24/2013. The offender is now in the custody of McDowell County Correctional Center. Your registration with VINE has also been transferred. You will continue to receive updates about this offender.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Division of Correction’s Central Office during business hours by calling (304) 558-2036. After hours, please contact the Charleston Work Release Center by calling (304) 558-2763.
This notification is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Corrections’ Victim Notification Service. It is our hope that this information has been helpful to you.
West Virginia Division of Corrections
I haven’t look into his new digs (Welch, WV), other than popping out to the West Virginia Department of Corrections website. Here is what they provide:
- County owned agency that is contracted through the West Virginia Division of Corrections to house minimum to medium class state inmates.
In August 2001, McDowell County’s Economic Development Authority (E.D.A.) purchased the former Stevens Clinic Hospital. The purpose of this purchase was to renovate the structure for use as a medium security correctional center.
The McDowell County Commission operates this center as well as the only privately owned correctional center in the state of West Virginia.
The Welch Facility has a maximum capacity of 108 inmates, while the Stevens facility has a maximum capacity of 322. McDowell County has been housing Division of Corrections overflow since 1999.
For the Vantrease family, it appears the one-way drive to visit their violent, offender son is about eight hours from their home in Newark, DE. This is roughly the same as driving to Huttonsville prison, time-wise. In milage, it adds 40 more round-trip.
Awwww, poor bastards!
For me, I really don’t give a damn where he is locked-up. On the surface, this new facility appears to be less accommodating than Huttonsville Prison but I cannot vouch for that. I might look into it (but probably won’t) by seeing what is provided by former inmates and families on websites like prisontalk.com. Eh, I doubt I will, actually. Still, of anyone knows about this prison please feel free to share it with us.
Here’s what I’ll find interesting. Will it take Austin Vantrease nine months to apply for and get a prison job?