Gov. Tomblin Announces Review of WV Juvenile Justice System

By: Todd Baucher, Brooke Thibodaux Email
By: Todd Baucher, Brooke Thibodaux Email

Looking to keep juveniles out of detention centers.

West Virginia joins the Pew Charitable Trust Study.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, three West Virginia Supreme Court Justices and state lawmakers announced that initiative Wednesday.

The study reviews the division of juvenile services, department of health and human resources and department of education's programs.

This all after the state's doubled number of juveniles.

"To get proper training and substance abuse, programs in place for our juveniles that face criminal charges so that they can come out of the system, not re-offend, not be a feeder for the adult system," says Delegate John Ellem.

Tomblin expects the review to be complete by December, allowing for suggestions during the January to March legislative session.

West Virginia had the highest rates than the other three states with increases which are Nebraska, North Dakota and Idaho.

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