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State of emergency declared because of correctional facilities’ staff shortages
By montgomery-herald.com- Andrea Lannom
Published: 01/03/2018

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency because of staff shortages at state correctional facilities.

Justice signed an executive order last Friday, saying the state is at a crisis in dealing with housing people in its correctional facilities and that correctional officers’ staffing levels are less than safely recommended.

The order gives the secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety authority to develop and oversee use of the divisions including the West Virginia National Guard, to maximize staffing at correctional facilities until legislative and operational remedies can be developed and implemented.

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