The Industrial Home and Harriet B. Jones both closed after lawsuits filed on behalf of inmates by Mountain State Justice, a public-interest law firm based in Charleston.
"I'm pleased to announce that the move of all residents from the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center has been accomplished in compliance with the most recent court order from Judge Omar Aboulhosn," acting Juvenile Services Director Stephanie Bond said in a statement.
The closure of Harriet B. Jones clears the way for the Industrial Home to be converted into an adult prison. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed that change during the 2013 legislative session, but it was held up because, with Harriet B. Jones still open, adult inmates could not be housed so close to juveniles.
Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein said in a statement that adult male inmates would begin moving into the former Industrial Home within the next couple weeks.
The Industrial Home facility is expected to provide room for about 400 adult offenders, somewhat mitigating West Virginia's ongoing prison overcrowding crisis.
State prisons are currently about 1,600 prisoners over capacity. Those prisoners are being housed in regional jails, facilities that were not designed for long-term stays.
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