A drug rehab dropout should have been in jail

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Early on the morning of March 6, a man in a ski mask entered a woman’s home on Conner Drive in Charleston. The masked man ordered her to perform sexual acts in front of her children. It was a gruesome ordeal that ended with him forcing her to withdraw money from an ATM.

He used her cell phone to call people, identifying himself as Mike. Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies used that information to arrest Michael Salisbury, 29, of Charleston, one week later. They charged him with sexual assault and kidnapping.

Salisbury should have already been in jail serving his time for a conviction on a charge of fleeing while driving under the influence in 2011.

But under the state’s prison reform efforts, Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster suspended his sentence last May and sent Salisbury to a drug rehabilitation center in Pinehaven, Raleigh County.

Salisbury flunked. Officials kicked him out of the program after he tested positive for methamphetamine. Officials sent a letter to Judge Webster asking that she rescind the suspension and send him back to prison.

However, she never had him re-arrested. She contends that there was a miscommunication. Either she never got the letter or overlooked it…

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