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WV DJS - Sam Perdue Juvenile Center

State Juvenile

Last Updated: July 07, 2021
843 Shelter Rd, Princeton, WV 24740

WV DJS - Sam Perdue Juvenile Center is for State Juvenile offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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Security is always a top priority at the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center and throughout the entire division, as our first obligation to our surrounding communities is to ensure public safety. There is a duty to the public to keep them safe and offer protection from the residential population in our custody and our staff endures a rigorous training schedule to carry out that duty and ensure public safety to the best of our ability. Our other primary goal is to provide care and services to the juveniles in our custody. Every day we face new challenges in meeting the needs of the residents that we serve. We are continually evaluating procedures and making amendments to better the operations of the facility and to meet those needs. Every year we set our standards higher not only in providing the best care for our residents but also in what we expect from our employees. The team of professionals at the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center continues to stand behind the philosophy and mission of the Division of Juvenile Services. Those employees serve in various departments, but each member and department is vital to the overall mission. Those departments within the facility include: Food Services, Maintenance, Laundry, Custodial, Accounting, Clerical, Education, Vocational, Medical, Security, Treatment, and Management.

The Division of Juvenile Services reorganized to better serve the communities in our great state and to give the facility the best chance to help reduce recidivism. Sam Perdue Juvenile Center was transitioned from detention into a commitment facility for juvenile sex offenders on September 26, 2013 and The GATEWAY program was born. There has been a great deal of success since that time for our residents completing the curriculum and transitioning back into society. Division of Juvenile Services Director, Ms. Bond, and her team excelled during a crucial transitioning period with a major shift in juvenile justice across the country by providing training opportunities and putting guidelines in place to help establish a successful foundation for our youth. Gary Patton currently serves as the facility director for Sam Perdue Juvenile Center and possesses a great number of years and experience with working with juveniles. Mr. Patton also has a good understanding of behavior modification and helped create, provide, and seek approval of more incentives for our population in order to promote improved behaviors. His support has added to the overall success of residents in our program to include more acceptable and compliant behavior once they leave custody.

Sam Perdue Programs and Treatment

Sex offense specific treatment is the primary focus of The GATEWAY Program here at Sam Perdue Juvenile Center. The program modules include: education, self-disclosure, human sexuality, healthy relationships, empathy enhancement, abuse cycle awareness, and relapse prevention. The program also includes trauma focused treatment for residents as needed. Treatment staff continues to provide psycho-educational groups on important issues such as life skills, substance abuse, peer relationships, anger management, domestic violence, conflict resolution and bullying. Behavior Modification is also a primary focus and a phase system is in place to provide incentives for positive behaviors including, but not limited to upgraded commissary choices, Xbox tournaments using projector, special meals, theater-style movie viewings, upgraded tennis shoes, and many more desirable items or activities are in place to enhance an effective behavior modification plan. Recreational activities such as team-building exercises are also provided to the residents on a daily basis. Classes are held, to include staff and residents, in order to stress the importance of overall nutrition and meet the guidelines of our wellness program. The residents plan, prepare, and maintain a small garden during the summer months every year and participation in this project helps instill confidence, responsibility, and pride.

Programs and Treatment (Community Re-investment)

We strive to bring outside resources into our facility to link residents with community support. The Treatment Team provides residents with activities that involve positive individuals and professionals from our community to offer religious services, team-building, nutrition, and STD awareness. The team also continues to provide PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) training to all residents and staff in our facility. The facility recently went through an extensive PREA audit and the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center was in compliance with all federal standards resulting in a successful audit. The facilities within the division also bring staff and residents together for recreational activities, holiday festivities, and friendly competition. Youth offenders also get the opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering to make crafts for nursing homes, participate in plays and perform their talents for community leaders and volunteers. The residents also participate in the facility wide community service and restitution projects. The focus is “giving back to the community”. The resident makes arts and crafts that can be donated to various non-profit organizations in the state. In recent years, residents volunteered their time to help prepare packages to provide nourishment for needy children in the Philippines and completed art projects to donate for the “Giving Back with Heart” auction which provides domestic scholarships to children in foster care and with incarcerated parents.


The West Virginia Department of Education provides services to residents at Sam Perdue Juvenile Center. The education department is staffed with a school counselor, regular educator, special educator, and a CTE/HVAC instructor. The main goal for the education department is to meet all educational needs for our students. Students at SPJC will earn high school credits for all courses successfully completed. Younger students will focus on middle school curriculum for grade level advancement. In addition to core subjects offered are: Career, Life Skills, and LINKS curriculums which are provided for additional skills. The education department offers career tech classes in HVAC. Post Graduate students interested in attending college may earn three hours of college credit by taking College 101 and begin entry level college courses.

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Juvenile facilities overseen by the State of West Virginia do not publish the names of the offenders housed in their facility. As such, there is no public forum for this information.

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Visitation Information

Visitation for state juvenile facilities is limited to immediate family only. Mother, father, sisters, and brothers are acceptable. The visitation rules are very strict, we suggest reaching out to the staff to get their specific limitations.

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