MORGANTOWN –- As the 2010 session of the West Virginia Legislature gets underway, the West Virginia Law Institute is looking to introduce legislation that will reform sentencing in criminal cases.

The recommendations are in response to long-term concerns about prison overcrowding, spiraling corrections costs, and outdated and inconsistent criminal code.

On the next "The Law Works," host Dan Ringer will lead a discussion about the Law Institute's recommendations and its role in shaping future reforms. Join Ringer and his guests on West Virginia PBS at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Ringer's guests will be Law Institute members Professor
Robert Bastress and David C. Hardesty Jr.

Bastress is a long-time faculty member of the WVU College of Law and has been the John W. Fisher II Professor of Law -– an endowed position -– since 2002.

Hardesty is the current Director of the Law Institute and past president of West Virginia University. He is also on the faculty of the WVU College of Law.

The West Virginia Law Institute, established in 1988 and located at the West Virginia University College of Law, is an official advisory law revision and law reform agency of the State of West Virginia. It was established "to promote and encourage the clarification and simplification of the law of West Virginia, to improve the better administration of justice and to conduct scholarly legal research and scientific legal work."

More information about these and other recent topics from the program is available at the "The Law Works" Web site, including YouTube postings of recent programs. There is also a general resource page offering links to a variety of legal sources.

"The Law Works" is the state's only weekly television show discussing legal issues that effect the lives of every day citizens.

Ringer operates his own law practice in Morgantown. In 1999, Ringer was named West Virginia's first Lawyer Citizen of the Year of the West Virginia Bar Foundation. He served as president of the West Virginia State Bar (1999-2000) and was named the American Bar Association's Practitioner of the Year in 2000.

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