WV Sentencing Commission


The West Virginia Sentencing Commission was created in 2020 "to promote a fuller understanding of this state’s criminal justice sentencing system." 

The legislation that established the commission as a subcommittee of the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency, and Correction (HB 4004, 2020 Regular Session) declared the need for: 
 - fair and uniform sentencing; 
 - research on issues regarding sentencing in order to promote a fuller understanding of the efficient, just, and fair operation of this state’s criminal justice system; 
 - establishing priorities with regard to the severity of the criminal offenses; and 
- the use of the limited correctional resources in the state in a manner best able to fulfill the goals of criminal punishment, rehabilitation, and protection of the public while preventing disparate treatment of offenders based on racial, ethnic, cultural, economic, or other factors related to the social status of the offender.

The commission consists of the following (inaugural) members, who serve without compensation (per §15-9C-2(c)):

  Secretary Jeff Sandy, W.Va. Department of Homeland Security;

  Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney Perri DeChristopher (commission vice chairperson; one of two members chosen by the president of the W.Va. Prosecuting Attorneys Association);

  Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Delligatti (one of two members chosen by the president of the W.Va. Prosecuting Attorneys Association);

  Administrative Deputy Defender Ronni M. Sheets, ‎Kanawha County Public Defender Office (commission chairpersonone of two members chosen by the director of W.Va. Public Defender Services);
 
  Attorney Edmund Rollo (one of two members chosen by the director of W.Va. Public Defender Services; can include panel attorneys who primarily do court-appointed criminal representation);

  Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin, (member chosen by the executive director of the W.Va. Chiefs of Police Association);

  Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens (member chosen by the executive director of the W.Va. Sheriffs' Association);

  Judge Jacob E. Reger, 26th Judicial Circuit (one of two current or senior status circuit court judges chosen by the executive committee of the W.Va. Judicial Association);

 Judge Robert E. Richardson, 11th Judicial Circuit (one of two current or senior status circuit court judges chosen by the executive committee of   the W.Va. Judicial Association);

 Melissa Richmond, BS, CCJP (member chosen by the president of the W.Va. Association on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors);

 Delegate David Kelly, R-Tyler (ex officio; member of the W.Va. Legislature chosen by the Speaker of the House of Delegates);

 Sen. Charles H. Clements, R-Wetzel (ex officio; member of the W.Va. Legislature, chosen by the President of the Senate);

 Interim Dean John Taylor, West Virginia University College of Law (professor of law with experience in the practice and teaching of criminal law appointed by the College of Law dean).



W.Va. Sentencing Commission meetings and minutes

Friday, March 12, 2021, 1 p.m. Minutes

Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:30 p.m. Minutes