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National Guard No Longer Stationed In Correctional Facilities

A man in a suit sits before a microphone, looking toward a speaker not in the picture. He is seated at a desk and holding a pen.
Pictured here at a meeting in April, Del. David Kelly, R-Tyler, serves as a chair of West Virginia's Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.
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Members of the West Virginia National Guard are no longer stationed in West Virginia jails or prisons.

William Marshall, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shared the news Tuesday at a meeting of the state’s Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, which convened for an interim meeting.

Marshall said the final National Guard members left their positions May 10.

“We have relieved the National Guard of their obligation to us,” he said. “We have no National Guard working in our facilities.”

Hundreds of service members have staffed West Virginia correctional facilities since 2022, when Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency over understaffing in state-owned jails and prisons.

Overall, Marshall said position vacancies were down to 12 percent for correctional officers, and 20 percent for other positions across the state’s facilities.

Marshall said that some service members were hired full-time in the prisons, and other jobs were filled externally with help from new recruiting efforts.

“A lot of great candidates we’re bringing through the door right now,” he said.