West Virginia MetroNews – Gov. Jim Justice has called for a reexamination of conditions in West Virginia’s jails along with an internal investigation, although it’s not completely clear what the focus will be.
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Justice described wanting a closer look at the jail system during a news briefing earlier this month. The state had just come off a series of jarring events: Two corrections officers pleaded guilty in the death of a pretrial defendant. A judge blasted representatives of the state for being unable to produce a range of evidence, including emails and grievance reports, in a lawsuit over conditions at Southern Regional Jail.
“We had people that went and looked and came back and reported and said ‘All’s good in the neighborhood.’ And we had people that purposefully covered stuff up,” Justice said Nov. 8 in response to a question.