| Institutional Reform
Through civil rights litigation, Mountain State Justice seeks to ensure that individuals who have been committed to institutions are treated fairly and humanely. Mountain State Justice is actively engaged in litigation regarding the conditions of confinement at both adult and juvenile correctional facilities.
Most recently, Mountain State Justice sued the Division of Juvenile Services on behalf of two youth incarcerated at the Industrial Home for Youth in Salem, West Virginia. Still ongoing, this lawsuit, State of West Virginia ex. rel. D.L. and K.P. v. Humphries, et al., Case No. 12-MISC-312, has already resulted in tremendous reforms at all of the Division of Juvenile Services facilities, including the closure of the Industrial Home and the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Facility. Importantly, the lawsuit has brought about an end to the inhume and abusive practice of isolating juveniles in segregation cells for extended periods of time.