WV Corrections moving Anthony inmates after mold found
May 18, 2018
W.Va. Corrections moving Anthony inmates after mold found
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Black mold is prompting the W.Va. Division of
Corrections to relocate all inmates and at least some staff from its Anthony
Correctional Center to other facilities.
Corrections Commissioner Betsy
Jividen began organizing the transfers on Thursday, after receiving initial
findings from an ongoing inspection of the Greenbrier County facility. The
transfers started Friday.
So far, the inspection has
identified mold only in one of the campus’ half-dozen buildings. However, this
is the main building and includes administrative offices, the facility kitchen,
the gym and some housing units. Given that, and with the inspection still in
progress, Commissioner Jividen concluded that transfers were the best course of
action at least in the short-term.
The minimum-security Anthony
Center houses around 200 young-adult offenders, both men and women, serving
six-month to two-year sentences. The women are being moved to the Lakin
Correctional Center, while the men are going to the Parkersburg and Denmar
Correctional Centers. The latter is around 40 miles away in neighboring
The 100 or so staff includes around a dozen Department of
Education teachers and other employees. For those staff that must be moved, the
goal is to offer options that avoid unnecessarily long commutes.
Corrections is also coordinating
with the state Bureau for Public Health, which visited the facility Friday.
Corrections will share the detailed findings and written report from the
inspection once they are received, which is expected next week at the
Neither staff nor inmates have
exhibited any symptoms of exposure, but monitoring will continue. The
Greenbrier County Health Department is also being notified as an additional
Corrections will continue to
satisfy the statutory education and training needs of the youthful offender
program, through the use of other facilities. The final inspection report will
help Corrections identify the best course for the future of Anthony, which was
first built in 1965 as a federal Civilian Job Corps Center. Corrections took
over the property in 1970.