By Darlene Taylor-Morgan
SALEM, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday the Salem Correctional Center is helping to address the state’s prison overcrowding problem.
More than 300 inmates from the regional jail system are currently housed at the Salem prison, with 86 more scheduled to arrive within two weeks, bringing it to maximum capacity.
The state converted the former West Virginia Industrial Home for Youth into a minimum- to medium-security prison for men after a judge ordered the juveniles moved to other facilities as the result of a lawsuit.
Warden David Jones said the transition has gone smoothly.
“The staff has worked very hard to make the transition possible. Morale is very good, the best it has been in years,” Jones said…