Judge: Lawsuit Improved W.Va. Juvenile System

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A judge says changes spurred by a lawsuit improved West Virginia's juvenile corrections system.

Circuit Judge Omar Aboulhosn issued his final order in the case on Tuesday. He directed the state Supreme Court's Adjudicated Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation Commission to continue monitoring the system.

Aboulhosn says in the order that the Department of Juvenile Services adopted new policies and practices to address issues raised by the lawsuit. These issues included room confinement, strip searches and disciplinary procedures.

Mountain State Justice filed the lawsuit in 2012 over conditions at the former Industrial Home for Youth in Salem. The lawsuit evolved into an examination of the state agency.

Aboulhosn ordered the facility's closure in 2013. It has since been turned into an adult prison.

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