Bond and other state officials said they looked unsuccessfully for months to find a suitable location for the Jones center offenders.
At the same time, conditions at the center deteriorated, according to a different filing from Mountain State Justice. The law firm filed an emergency petition with Aboulhosn, saying the offenders at the Jones center were not safe because of a significant lack in staffing.
The judge agreed the conditions were not up to par; in July, Aboulhosn told the state it must vacate the Jones center by September 30.
In August, the state announced a multi-million dollar shift that would send juvenile offenders to several different locations. At the same time, it pledged to change the mission of several facilities.
In addition to reserving the Perdue center for sex offenders and Tiger Morton for offenders in need of behavioral or mental health services, the Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Center in Boone County will become the new medium-to-maximum-security facility. That transition includes a facility upgrade, at the tune of $2 million.
With both youth facilities clear, the Division of Corrections can move forward on opening the Salem Correctional Center. The state plans to eventually house 400 inmates at the site, which should alleviate some of the overcrowding issues in the system, said division Commissioner Jim Rubenstein.
"We are excited to bring our newest facility into operation and look forward to working closely with the town of Salem, and with Harrison and Doddridge counties," Rubenstein said in a news release.
"Warden Dave Jones and his staff are ready to operate this facility to the highest level of correctional standards. We are proud to be an integral part of the community."
The state will start moving adult prisoners onto the site in the next few weeks, Rubenstein said.