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Changes Coming to Industrial Youth Home in Salem
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on September 19, 2012 @ 7:42PM
Created on September 19, 2012 @ 6:37PM
The West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth in Salem should see some changes in the near future.

This comes after a lawsuit filed by two inmates at the juvenile home. According to Metro News, corrections expert Paul DeMuro said the facility is stuck in time and needs to update some practices. He said staff depends on solitary confinement and that inmates don't feel normal because they are required to wear prison jump suits.
DeMuro said they need to make the changes so kids don't end back in prison as adults.
Representatives for the State Juvenile Justice System told us some of the changes they agreed to in the settlement were already being worked on before the lawsuit was filed.

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Sep 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM
News flash to Mr. DeMuro; coddling them doesn't 'cause' them to start acting like decent citizens. You are just "enabling" their criminal behavior! It appears those folks in leadership roles in the country today are the immature ones. They can't find it within their own childish minds to do what needs to be done to 'protect' "innocent" victims rather than enable the criminal. If you don't have the stomach for justice; step aside and let those who can, do it.
Sep 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM
Oh here we go again---somemore of that democrat politically correct, touchy-feeling wimpy legislation again. Guess these are the same bunch in the state that won't do anything about all the little parasites raping small children. Where's their outrage over that?? Silence. Total silence. WV itself needs a 'big' change.......from spineless weaklings for leaders to those who are not afraid to bring justice to the victims and stop coddling the criminals as the democrats always do.
Sep 20, 2012 at 7:52 PM
I worked there for over 7 years and I left because of some of those so called changes! I was in constant fear of my life after fellow Officers had been beaten to near death by residents there!! The stress level for staff is unbelievable!! Some of those "kids" are vicious murders, rapists and would not hesitate to take another life! David Jones is doing an awesome job there as well as the staff but their hands are being tied by administration in Charleston who would never step foot on one of those living units and work a 8, 12 or even 16 hr shift as the Officers are doing. If they DID then they would KNOW what is was like to be in an Officers shoes and have to put up with their so called changes for the better!! I only hope and pray no staff ever gets killed by one of those so called 'innocent children'. I got clear out of West Virginia to mentally heal from the stress and the medications I had to be on just to survive a single day working there! Now I'm fighting the State to receive unemployment to survive after putting me through stressful hell there!
Sep 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Absolutely rediculous!!! Most of these "KIDS" are violent offenders. Excuse me it is a maximum security PRISON, not a sleep away camp. They are going to keep up and somebody, an officer, counselor or other staff is going to get seriously hurt or killed. These kids can't be fixed with a hug. I worked there for 2 1/2 years. I felt reasonably safe up until all these changes started taking place. The people making all these changes need to come and spend an entire day or a shift or two on the units and see how "normal" these kids need to be. They act worse than most of the adults at the Regional Jail. The Superintendant is one of the best they have had, not to mention the Security Staff, but their hands are getting tied tighter and tighter. People say "oh these poor kids, until they get and move into their neighborhoods and then they want to know why they were let out in the first place. Alot of these aren't petty crimes. We are talking murderers, rapists, gangs and sex offenders. Yes, let's give them street clothes and treat them like they didn't do anymore wrong than steal a piece of bubble gum.......
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