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Chapter 49     Entire Code



§49-5C-1. Creation of committees.

The Legislature shall create such committees and forums as may be necessary to oversee matters related to juvenile law, placement, housing, detention and correctional facilities. The Legislature shall delegate or contract such responsibilities and duties to other governmental bodies as needed.

§49-5C-2. Powers and duties.

The powers and duties of the committees shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a) Studying the status and effectiveness of the laws relating to juvenile proceedings, the juvenile referee system, and the West Virginia juvenile offender rehabilitation act, and making recommendations as to any changes needed in the system and the ways and means to effect such changes;

(b) Making further and more specific recommendations within the scope of the study as to the detention of juvenile offenders, considering both short and long-term detention;

(c) Considering existing juvenile detention facilities and making recommendations, with particular attention to financing, as to the need for updating present facilities and/or creating new facilities and the location of each;

(d) Filing a report to each regular session of the Legislature which will include drafts of legislation necessary to effectuate any recommendations;

(e) Maintaining reference materials concerning juvenile offenders including, without limitation, information as to laws and systems in other states;

(f) Visiting, inspecting, and interviewing residents of juvenile institutions, detention facilities, and places wherein West Virginia juveniles may be held involuntarily and making public reports of such reviews;

(g) Overseeing the maintenance and improvement of the system of predispositional detention of juveniles.

§49-5C-3. Appointment of members.

The committees may include qualified members of the general public as well as members of the Senate and the House of Delegates. An effort shall be made to include representatives of more than one political party on each committee.

§49-5C-4. Time and place of meetings.

The committees shall hold meetings at such times and places as they may designate.

§49-5C-5. Assistance of other agencies.

The committees may request information from any state officer or agency in order to assist in carrying out the terms of this article, and such officer or agency is authorized and directed to promptly furnish any data requested.

§49-5C-6. Expenses; reimbursement.

The members of the committees and their assistants shall be reimbursed for all expenses actually and necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder by the Joint Committee on Government and Finance from the joint expenses fund.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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