Those housed at the facility when it was open included "committed" offenders. That means they were found guilty of a crime, sentenced and undergoing rehabilitation services, Thornton explained.
Right now, 53 of the 92 committed offenders are 18 or older, according to data Thornton provided.
Officials constantly monitor all offenders, Dodson said: Corrections officers make sure older, bigger or "more sophisticated" offenders aren't bullying others.
But incidents do happen. If there's an assault or something illegal happens, Dodson said the division pursues legal action.
That can lead to odd incarceration circumstances. An adult incarcerated as a juvenile and housed in a juvenile facility can be sent to an adult prison if he or she commits a crime while living in the juvenile facility. The offender can serve his or her time in adult prison and then return to the juvenile facility, Dodson said.
"I've had kids that were committed, transferred to adult status in adult court, found guilty, sentenced to 40 years, then they turn 18 (and) they're kept in the juvenile system because they're working on a GED or doing so well. . . ." Dodson said.
Juvenile corrections facilities are required to focus on rehabilitation as opposed to punishment. That's part of the rationale for bringing back adult offenders originally convicted as juveniles who commit new crimes, Dodson said.
That doesn't mean officers necessarily like it: Dodson said officers are frequently frustrated when problematic adult offenders return to juvenile facilities. It's bad for safety and morale, but it's the law, he said.
The law needs to change, he said.
"I do feel like something can be done to change the code," he said.
Lydia Milnes is an attorney with Mountain State Justice, the Charleston-based law firm that filed the lawsuit on behalf of Industrial home offenders that eventually led to the changes.
She didn't say the law needs to change and believes there are some circumstances where mixing adult and juvenile offenders isn't always a problem. But she's certain mixing adult sex offenders with the juvenile "wellness" offenders - those with behavioral or mental issues - played a role in the safety concerns at the Jones center.
"I would hope that in a new facility they would return to the practice of separating out these populations," Milnes said.
On Friday, Thornton said the state is getting closer to finding a new location for the offenders at the Jones center.