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Juvenile Center renamed for YSS Innovator

Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 06:03 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
WHEELING, W.Va. -- The 19-bed, coed juvenile detention center in Wheeling has a new name. The Ronald C. Mulholland Juvenile Center was dedicated Tuesday afternoon. Mulholland died in 2009 from health problems.
The facility serves some of the most violent, under-18, offenders in the Mountain State.
Although many may say they are a lost cause -- most say Mulholland saw differently.
George Smoulder, a Youth Services System board member, said Mulholland always found room to provide needed services and care for young people hurting.
“He got permission from Bishop Hodges in the late 1970s to establish a facility for youth accused of different crimes so they wouldn't have to stay with adults and that became the birth of YSS,” said Smoulder.
Smoulder said Mulholland was never content with current services and always saw room for improvement.
Many that knew Mulholland said he thought it was his responsibility to respond the needs of at-risk juveniles.
“I think he had sensitivity to what a lot of kids were going through, pain they suffered and families that were struggling,” said John Moses with YSS. “What probably most people don't know is he had a difficult situation growing up himself.”
The center is the only nonprofit juvenile detention center in the state.

Juvenile Center renamed for YSS Innovator


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