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Tomblin Announces Formation Of New Juvenile Task Force

Reported by: Send eMail Kaylin Searles
Reported: Jul. 17, 2014 10:36 AM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A new task force in West Virginia will focus on juvenile justice.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Wednesday the formation of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice. Tomblin said this is the first step of landmark and comprehensive review of West Virginia’s juvenile justice system.

Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit global research and public policy organization, will work together with the 26 member task force to develop system-level recommendations for youth, families and communities.

“By bringing together those in the community and working with experts like Pew, we can work together to identify ways to best serve our young people and prepare them to become contributing members of our communities,” Tomblin said.

Tomblin also said that the task force will contain taxpayer costs by focusing resources on serious juvenile offenders.

The task force will be made up of multiple members of the community, including six members of the West Virginia Legislature, parent advocates, representatives of local education and community leaders.



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