Tomblin to discuss juvenile justice reform in Huntington

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Tomblin to discuss juvenile justice reform in Huntington
By Huntington Herald-Dispatch Staff

HUNTINGTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is outlining a new push to overhaul West Virginia's juvenile justice system.

Tomblin will be in Huntington on Thursday afternoon discussing reforms that passed last legislative session. The event will be at the St. Mary's Center for Education.

With the law, truancy diversion specialists will be in every county and youth reporting centers will expand statewide. Substance abuse recovery services, mental health programs and family therapies will grow.

Tomblin has said a task force's suggestions, which shaped the bill, would reduce state juvenile justice facility populations by at least 40 percent by 2020, while reducing projected costs by more than $59 million.

He has put a $5.4 million price tag on the project.

The law incorporated research and technical assistance by the Pew Charitable Trusts.