- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia has received a federal grant to develop pilot programs aimed at combating sexual abuse and sexual assault in regional jails.

The Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority says the “zero tolerance” programs will be developed at the Eastern, Southern, Tygart Valley and Western regional jails.

The programs will include training staff, reviewing and revising policies and educating inmates. Existing medical and support services at the jails will be enhance to assist inmates who are victims.

The programs also will develop partnerships with community-based entities to provide victim counseling services.

The authority received a two-year $410,522 matching grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the project.

Authority executive director Joe Delong said Thursday in a news release that the programs eventually will be expanded to regional jails across the state.

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