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Ex-prosecutor to lead West Virginia’s corrections division


The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A woman who built her decades-long career as a federal prosecutor has been appointed to oversee West Virginia’s prison system.

Betsy Jividen

Gov. Jim Justice appointed Betsy Jividen, who formerly worked as a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of West Virginia, as commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections. Her appointment was announced by Jeff Sandy, secretary of the the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, of which the corrections division is a part.

Jividen has served as a federal prosecutor for four decades after being sworn into office as an assistant U.S. Attorney in 1980. She was the first female federal prosecutor in the Northern District of West Virginia. She had served for two terms as acting and interim U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia in 2017, until U.S. Attorney William J. Powell was sworn in on Oct. 13.

The Division of Corrections operates 15 prisons, work-release centers and similar facilities with more than 2,000 employees, which includes more than 1,000 correctional officers. More than 7,000 offenders are currently in the custody of the DOC.

Jividen said she was honored for the appointment.

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