Division of Juvenile Services

3:03 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Audit: W.Va. Agency Spend $3.5 Million on Abandoned Project

A new report says the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services spent about $3.5 million to renovate a juvenile facility and then abandoned the project with the work uncompleted.

The Legislative Auditor's Office says in a report released Monday that the agency's reasons for stopping the project were foreseeable when it began. The office recommends that the agency develop a procedure to gauge cost versus benefit for future construction and renovation projects.

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11:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Tomblin Fills Three Military, Public Affairs Posts

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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has made three appointments at the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, including naming Stephanie Bond the director of the Division of Juvenile Services.

Bond has been serving as the division's acting director since February 2013. Previously, she was the superintendent of the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Davis.

The department's deputy secretary will become director of the Division of Justice and Community Services. Rick Staton will replace retired director Norbert Federspiel. Staton has been the department's deputy secretary since March 2013.

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Juvenile Justice Commission
4:16 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

W.Va. Juvenile Panel Expands Mission, Changes Name

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A state juvenile commission has a new name, a new chairman and an expanded mission.

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11:02 am
Thu February 20, 2014

W.Va. Juvenile Center Damaged During Riot

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Authorities are investigating a riot that damaged the Lorrie Yeager Jr. Juvenile Center in Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin tells media outlets that six juveniles in custody at the facility destroyed the interior of the commons area. The youths broke windows, destroyed heating and cooling ductwork and broke sprinkler heads away from piping.

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West Virginia Morning
4:29 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Christmas in a Juvenile Center, Harpers Ferry at Christmas 150 Years Ago, & Panther Sightings

A look at Christmas for juvenile delinquents at the Rubenstein Center in Tucker County, what Christmas was like 150 years ago in Harpers Ferry, and our friends at Traveling 219 look back at a panther sighting in Marlinton on Christmas Eve 1955.

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Web Exclusive
12:44 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

State working to increase security at some juvenile facilities

Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center in Mt. Hope, W.Va.
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A judge called the inner workings of the Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center “concerning” after receiving a report from a court monitor for the Adjudicated Juvenile Rehabilitation Review Commission.

The Commission was established in June of 2011 to examine the operations and programs of the Division of Juvenile Services facilities across the state. Cindy Largent-Hill is a member of the commission and visited the Spadaro Juvenile Center in Fayette County Monday.

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9:15 am
Wed October 30, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 30, 2013

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A look at the economic outlook for the Eastern Panhandle, juvenile detainees testify on the conditions of the centers where they're being held, and the second part of a series of ghostly stories on the Whipple Company Store.

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Juvenile Corrections
7:13 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Due process, education, recreation focuses of DJS hearing

Stephanie Bond, acting director of the state Division of Juvenile Services.
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Judge Omar Aboulhosn heard what may be the last evidence in the case filed by Mountain State Justice against the Division of Juvenile Services.

Mountain State asked three juvenile residents to testify in an evidentiary hearing Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

B.M., identified only by his initials for the court, is a juvenile resident of the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center in Princeton. He is one of the 25 residents relocated after Aboulhosn order the closure of the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center in Salem over the summer.

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Juvenile Corrections
6:47 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Proposed agreement could mean changes for juvenile offenders

Judge Omar Aboulhosn confers with counsel during a July hearing in Kanawha County Court.
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A hearing in Kanawha County Circuit Court will determine whether or not juvenile residents of state facilities will see a difference in the way grievances are handled and an increase in educational opportunities.

Mercer County Judge Omar Aboulhosn will be presented a proposed agreement between the Division of Juvenile Services and Mountain State Justice, a Charleston based public interest law firm whose lawsuit against the division resulted in the closure of the Salem Industrial Home for Youth and later the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center.

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