The Jones Center is on the same campus as the Industrial Home. At the time of the March announcement, the administration vowed to move the center.
It hasn't found a suitable new location, said Stephanie Bond, interim director of the Division of Juvenile Services, at the recent hearing. Secretary Joe Thornton, head of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said recently they've looked all over West Virginia and haven't found the right fit yet.
In a footnote of his recent order to vacate the Jones Center, Aboulhosn said, "juveniles may not be incarcerated within sight or sound of adult prisoners." There are also federal laws that prevent such an arrangement, he wrote.
All of the youth offenders were out of the Industrial Home by June, when the Department of Corrections took control of the facility. The state originally planned to open the Salem Correctional Center July 1, but decided it wouldn't be ready until Aug. 1.
The state had planned to operate the adult and youth facilities side by side. The state would build a temporary wire fence covered by mesh to obstruct the view from the Salem Correctional Center, Goodwin said.
"With the recent ruling noting the juvenile must be relocated from (the Jones Center) there is no longer a need for that construction to take place," Goodwin said in a message to the Daily Mail.
In the footnote, Aboulhosn said the law "provides another impetus" for the state to vacate the Jones Center.
Last week Thornton said there were 25 offenders at the Jones Center, adding that the number fluctuates frequently.
The state plans to eventually hold up to 400 adult prisoners at the Salem Correctional Center and employ a few more than 200 correctional officers. The officers have been training at the site since it closed as a juvenile facility, Department of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein told the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram in June.
The state planned to have about 200 prisoners and about 140 correctional officers at the prison when it opened Aug. 1.
"We are working with Secretary Thornton and Commissioner Rubenstein on the best plan for those employees in the interim."
Aboulhosn scheduled a hearing Aug. 13 in Charleston for an update on the Jones Center transition.