A major announcement came Thursday from West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in terms of revamping the juvenile justice system for the mountain state.
The governor announced his office is working to form a statewide task force on juvenile justice centers.
The purpose of the task force is to conduct a comprehensive review of the juvenile justice system in the state, and the Task Force will take a look at the operation of juvenile justice centers throughout the state to see how they are performing in terms of preparing children to become contributing members of our community after they are released.
The group will review information collected from research into programs at different detention centers in the Mountain State. Members of the group are people who are recommended to the governor's office, and that office then makes the final decision on who would best serve on the task force.
One of the members serving on the panel is from the Ohio Valley. “You hear people say a lot that our juvenile detention system needs to overhauled, whether that is true or not. I think I'll learn a lot about that; so I give the governor a lot of credit - he's actually putting together a task force to maybe overhaul our juvenile justice system,” said John Marshall High School Principal, Rick Jones, who was selected by the governor’s office to sit on the committee.
Now that members are filing into place, they will meet several times between now and December to make recommendation to the governor on what they feel needs to be done to best serve the children in the system. Once those recommendations are made, Tomblin can then act on passing legislation to improve the quality of rehabilitation for those in detention centers in West Virginia.