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State juvenile corrections concerns persist

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- New allegations have surfaced in a legal challenge targeting West Virginia's juvenile corrections system.

Judge Omar Aboulhosn has scheduled a Kanawha Circuit Court hearing today to address seven concerns raised by Mountain State Justice.

The public interest law firm successfully represented juveniles who protested conditions at the Industrial Home for Youth in Salem. The state has since closed that Harrison County facility to youths and is converting it to an adult prison.

But the campus also includes the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center. It's housing 21 juvenile sex offenders and seven youths with behavioral issues until the state finds suitable alternatives.

Mountain State Justice alleges that staffing shortages are keeping these juveniles confined in their rooms longer than allowed. Other concerns include access to phones and the grievance process.

 


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