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W.Va. to add on to center instead of building new one

April 09, 2002|By SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The new juvenile center slated for the Eastern

Panhandle will come in the form of new additions built onto the existing

facility, a jail official said Monday.

Steve Canterbury, executive director of the Regional Jail and

Correctional Facility Authority, said last month that a new juvenile

center in Martinsburg was to be built behind the existing center at 900

S. Queen St. as part of a statewide project to build six new juvenile

facilities.

The decision to build additions rather than a new facility was made at

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the authority's board meeting on Monday after the board reviewed the

results of a geological and technological study by Triad, an engineering

firm in Charleston, W.Va.

Canterbury said based on the Triad study, prepping the ground, which is

solid limestone, would be too costly for the authority.

Also, the Department of Health and Human Resources, which currently owns

the land, has given up more land than expected in rights of way to

utility companies, Canterbury said.

"We are now looking into additions to be placed on the current

building," Canterbury said.

The additions will include space for 15 more beds, a gym, classroom and

administrative rooms.

"We want to bring (the facility) up to the standards that will make it a

state-of-the-art facility," Canterbury said.

Juveniles remain in the juvenile detention center after being arrested

and while awaiting trail and classification.

When a juvenile is found guilty, a judge decides whether the juvenile

will go to the Industrial Home for Youth in Salem, W.Va., which acts as

a juvenile prison for the state, or to the diagnostic center for mental

evaluation.

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