West Virginia moves to improve oversight of jail problems

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is consolidating its correctional facility internal investigation units to improve oversight of misconduct complaints and contraband smuggling within its three branches.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that William K. Marshall III was announced Tuesday as the director of the new Correctional Investigations Division. As director, Marshall will oversee investigations surrounding use-of-force, contraband smuggling, misconduct and other allegations within the correctional system.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy says Marshall’s appointment will be an asset toward achieving the governor’s goal of having inmates ready to join the workforce after incarceration. Marshall recently retired after 25 years of service with the West Virginia State Police.

Marshall’s appointment was the second hire in July to combat contraband and drug use within correctional facilities.

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