CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia lawmakers are pressing a state agency for answers in the wake of a lawsuit alleging illegal policies at a juvenile detention center.
Division of Juvenile Services Director Dale Humphreys told legislators Monday that he's not found any major violations at the Industrial Home for Youth in Salem.
But Humphreys also said he's altered at least one policy after two juveniles there petitioned the Supreme Court last month.
State law forbids solitary confinement for juveniles as punishment, but allows it when they become safety threats. Humphreys said Salem had been confining out-of-control juveniles for a set time period, such as five or 10 days. He said such confinement now ends once they resume behaving.
Humphreys also said Salem issues uniforms, though the law calls for personal or individualized clothing.