CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A commission studying West Virginia's juvenile justice system says it will broaden its focus to look at all out-of-home placements for troubled kids, not just detention centers.
The Adjudicated Juvenile Rehabilitation Review Commission announced Friday it also wants to study and improve services for juveniles to help them prepare for a successful re-entry to society.
That includes ensuring they have legal representation and support services.
State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman chairs the commission.
She says the National Center for Youth in Custody and the American Bar Association have urged all states to develop plans to monitor juvenile programs and ensure they comply with national standards.
West Virginia appointed Cindy Largent-Hill to oversee that task, and her work will also now expand to include those discharge services for young offenders.