- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A survey found that many in West Virginia want juvenile offenders who commit less serious crime placed in community settings.

Those surveyed said state-funded residential facilities should be for more serious offenders.

The Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1H1Pkc9) reports that the Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll. It was part of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ help with the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice.

The task force has made a range of recommendations. They include providing early interventions for youth by addressing truancy, strengthening community supervision, and giving more options to judges to focus state beds on more serious crimes.

It estimated these recommendations could reduce the number of youth in state-funded residential facilities by at least 40 percent by 2020.

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