By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - As Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Bernice Weinstein began her talk about the juvenile crime problem to a citizens group Thursday night, her beeper went off.
The call she had to handle illustrated one of the biggest problems with the juvenile justice system in West Virginia.
A teenage boy had assaulted his mother and no detention center had bed space for the youth, so the police could not take him into custody, Weinstein said.
Thursday's meeting was the first for Citizens Concerned About Juvenile Crime, which met at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
About 19 people attended Thursday's meeting, including a state delegate, a county commissioner, a sheriff's deputy and a truant officer.
The group was formed last week by irate residents whose homes had been broken into by a teenage boy who remained free for days until a bed became available at a juvenile detention center.