Jails Dealing With Staffing Issues Because of Floods

Prison Bars

  No prisons in the state have been flooding in recent weather events, but high waters have created issues for staff of a few facilities in affected areas.

Lawrence Messina the Assistant Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said Mount Olive Correctional Complex and the Anthony Correctional Center have staff who are off trying to cope with floods. As a result, the facilities are understaffed.

The facilities are also trying to conserve water. The hope is to keep use down so as not to put a drain on communities already dealing with a lack of water in some cases.

Prison work details are also now being used to help in cleanup efforts.