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West Virginia to study juvenile justice system, community based treatment options
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:54 AM EDT
West Virginia is joining the Pew Charitable Trusts to study its juvenile justice system and find better ways to keep youthful offenders out of detention centers.
The study will review programs within the Division of Juvenile Services, Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Education.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, three West Virginia Supreme Court justices, state lawmakers and Pew representatives announced the initiative Wednesday.
Tomblin expects the review to be complete by December. That would give time for lawmakers to consider the suggestions during the January-to-March legislative session.