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Public News Service - WV: Criminal Justice

West Virginia is one of only a few states with rising levels of young people behind bars, and advocates say part of the issue is a lack of behavioral health care. (WV Virginia Center on Budget and Policy)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Lack of behavioral health care for children may be undermining West Virginia's efforts to reduce truancy, cut juvenile incarceration and improve foster care, advocates say. They pointed to surveys showing that a much higher than average portion of state high school stude

Jim Justice, the Democratic Party candidate for West Virginia governor, says the state has no choice but to find the money to pay for more drug treatment. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Billionaire and gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice is forcefully calling for more drug treatment. But he's vague on how West Virginia could pay for more treatment centers. West Virginia is battling a big budget deficit while, as Justice puts it, opioid addiction has the

Marshall University counseling professor Carol Smith says new research about how trauma can change the brain shows a lot of practical promise. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A new understanding of how trauma changes the brain shows promise of helping with crime, education, health care, even parenting. Marshall University professor of counseling Carol Smith says traumatic injuries can be emotional or physical. She says the bad news is they can cha

Backed by extensive new research and a compelling personal story, Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes to Charleston with big news about public health. (Courtesy of Jackson)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – To improve public health, count the ACEs – the Adverse Childhood Experiences. That's the message coming to a social workers' conference in Charleston. Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes backed with a lot of new research and a compelling personal story.

One in 10 West Virginia children has the traumatic experience of having a parent incarcerated at some point during their youth. (iStock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - About one in 10 West Virginia children has to grow up with a parent behind bars at some point. According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that can hurt them for life. The report, called "A Shared Sentence," says 34,000 West Virginia children will have had

Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin says the state's drug courts, such as this one serving Calhoun and Roane counties, are producing good results. But he says the state has to do more in prevention. Credit: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - President Obama is discussing West Virginia's drug crisis with folks in Charleston today. One judge working hard on the issue says this is a good time for the state to move from reacting to the problem to better prevention. Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin can take a lot of

State lawmakers like Delegate Don Perdue are considering what they would say to President Obama about West Virginia's drug abuse crisis when Obama is in Charleston. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - President Barack Obama will be in Charleston this week, to discuss West Virginia's drug crisis. Wayne County delegate Don Perdue has long worked on the issue and has some thoughts on what he would say to the president. Perdue has tried for years to get the legislature to incre

Anger at incidents such as the Upper Big Branch mine disaster is making criminal prosecutions of CEOs such as Don Blankenship more common. Courtesy: UBB memorial/governor's office.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Coal baron Don Blankenship's high profile trial is coming at a time of anger against corporate wrongdoing, but analysts say that anger still faces entrenched forces that protect executives. Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter, says Blankenship's prosecuti

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