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W.Va. shifts juvenile facilities to address issues

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 06:29 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are shifting juvenile detention facilities to address concerns about how young offenders are treated.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the state plans to move juvenile sex offenders from the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center in Harrison County to a treatment center in Mercer County.

Juvenile offenders with behavioral or mental issues will be moved from the Harrison County facility to a juvenile center in Kanawha County.

The changes follow recent court rulings involving the juvenile justice system.

In July, Circuit Judge Omar Aboulhosn ordered the state to relocate the Jones center or its residents by Sept. 30. The judge had earlier condemned conditions at the former Industrial Home for Youth in Salem, and the state closed the high-security facility.

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