The West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services was formed as result of House Bill 2680 which passed on April 12, 1997, and became effective July 1, 1997. The division began operations on November 1, 1997. The purpose of the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services is to serve the changing needs of youth in the juvenile justice system. This includes the responsibility of operating and maintaining pre-dispositional juvenile centers, juvenile correctional centers, diagnostic centers, youth reporting centers and aftercare programs.
The Division of Juvenile Services mission is committed to providing effective, beneficial services to youth in the juvenile justice system that promote positive development and accountability, while preserving community safety, and sustaining a work environment predicated upon principles of professionalism, with dignity and respect for all.