West Virginia delays prison opening. (State to State).
West Virginia Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein
said in November that the opening of a prison for West Virginia's
female offenders would be delayed until mid-January. Lakin Correctional
Center for Women, which will eventually house all the state's
female inmates, was initially expected to open by the end of 2002. But
slow construction of items such as security systems has forced the delay
in opening the $15.5 million facility, about six miles north of Point
Pleasant, Rubenstein said. The correctional center is adjacent to a
hospital for geriatric patients. "Sometimes the process slows
down," he said. "Historically, construction goes a little bit
longer, but it's been full steam ahead. We're basically
finishing up the touches on the ongoing construction." The only
construction that remains is minor in nature, said Dale Humphreys, the
facility's warden. He expects the facility to open this month after
hoses are connected to washing machines and the kitchen is reorganized.
"They're being attended to, and I don't look for any more
delays," Humphreys said. He added that a 34-member class of
correctional officers graduated from the facility's training
academy in mid-November, and another group of about 30 people began
their training sessions the following week. Each training session lasts
between four and five weeks.
Source: The Associated Press