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Overcrowded Jails Prompt W.Va. Governor to Declare State of Emergency

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency over short-staffing at state jails. The executive order authorizes the secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety to use the West Virginia National Guard to help staff juvenile and adult lockups until legislative and operational solutions can be developed and implemented.

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