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W.Va. to change juvenile corrections operations


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services has partially settled a lawsuit over the treatment of juvenile offenders in state facilities.

The agency agreed to change how it treats suicidal youths and revise other operations.

The lawsuit filed by Mountain State Justice alleges that inmates at the Industrial Home for Youth in Salem are illegally placed in solitary confinement, denied adequate access to exercise and educational materials, and strip searched.

The lawsuit was filed in April with the state Supreme Court, which later moved the case to Kanawha County Circuit Court. The Supreme Court appointed Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Omar Aboulhosn to hear the case.

The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/NzwCMU) says Aboulhosn approved the partial settlement Monday. More hearings are scheduled in November.

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