The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services is required to perform certain administrative and executive functions related to the improvement of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems and various component agencies of state and local government with research and performance data, planning, funding and managing programs supported by federal and state- granted funds, and through its staff activities on behalf of the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction, to provide regulatory oversight of law enforcement training and certification, community corrections programs established under the provisions of article eleven-c, chapter sixty-two of this code, the monitoring of facilities for compliance with juvenile detention facilities standards established by state and federal law, and the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission created by article nine-b, chapter fifteen of this code. These administrative and executive staffing functions are necessary to provide for planning and coordination of services among the components of the criminal and juvenile justice systems, community corrections and sexual assault forensic examinations; program development and implementation; and administration of grant-funded programs emphasizing safety, prevention, coordination and the general enhancement of the criminal justice system as a whole, as well as such other federal grant-funded activities as the Governor may from time to time designate for administration by the division.
(a) The Division of Justice and Community Services is created. The purpose of the division is to provide executive and administrative support to the Governor's Committee on Crime Delinquency and Correction in the coordination of planning for the criminal justice system, to administer federal and state grant programs assigned to it by the actions of the Governor or Legislature and to perform such other duties as the Legislature may from time to time assign to the division. The division is the designated staffing agency for the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction, and all of its subcommittees. The division may apply for grants and other funding from federal or state programs, foundations, corporations and organizations which funding is consistent with its responsibilities and the purposes assigned to it or the subcommittees it staffs. The Division of Justice and Community Services is hereby designated as the state administrative agency responsible for criminal justice and juvenile justice systems, and various component agencies of state and local government, for the planning and development of state programs and grants which may be funded by federal, state or other allocations in the areas of community corrections, law-enforcement training and compliance, sexual assault forensic examinations, victim services and juvenile justice.
(b) The director of the division shall be named by the Governor to serve at his will and pleasure.
(c) The director of the division shall take and subscribe to an oath of office in conformity with article IV, section five of the Constitution of the State of West Virginia.
(a) The director is responsible for the control and supervision of the division.
(b) The director shall be charged with executive and administrative responsibility to: (i) Carry out the specific duties imposed on the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction under the provisions of article nine, chapter fifteen; article twenty-nine, chapter thirty; and article eleven-c, chapter sixty-two of this code; (ii) maintain appropriate liaison with federal, state and local agencies and units of government, or combinations thereof, in order that all programs, projects and activities for strengthening and improving law enforcement and the administration of criminal justice may function effectively at all levels of government;(iii) seek sources of federal grant assistance programs that may benefit the state when authorized by the Governor and manage the dispersal of those funds through grant contracts to subgrantees in a manner consistent with state and federal law, and with sound and accountable management practices for the efficient and effective use of public funds; (iv) seek sources of program or grant assistance from foundations, corporations and organizations which funding is consistent with its responsibilities and the purposes assigned to the director, the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction, and any of its subcommittees; and (v) serve as the Executive Director of the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction and its subcommittees.
(c) The director may:
(1) Employ necessary personnel, assign them the duties necessary for the efficient management and operation of the division;
(2) Work to bridge gaps between federal, state and local units of government, as well as private/nonprofit organizations and the general public;
(3) Provide staff assistance in the coordination of all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice systems on behalf of the Governor's Committee on Crime Delinquency and Correction, including, but not limited to, law enforcement, jails, corrections, community corrections, juvenile justice, sexual assault forensic examinations and victim services;
(4) Acquire criminal justice resources and coordinate the allocation of these resources to state, local and not-for-profit agencies;
(5) Maintain a web-based database for all community correction programs;
(6) Collect, compile and analyze crime and justice data in the state, generating statistical and analytical products for criminal justice professionals and policy makers to establish a basis for sound policy and practical considerations for the criminal justice system and make such recommendations for system improvement as may be warranted by such research and contract with other persons, firms, corporations or organizations to assist in these responsibilities;
(7) Receive and disburse federal and state grants and funding received from foundations, corporations or other entities;
(8) Propose legislative rules for legislative approval pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code which may be necessary to fulfill the functions and responsibilities of the Division of Justice and Community Services and the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction.
(d) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as authorizing the division to undertake direct operational responsibilities in law enforcement or the administration of criminal justice.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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