West Virginia Industrial Home for Girls

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West Virginia Industrial Home for Girls
Opened 1899
Current Status Active
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Salem, WV
Alternate Names
  • Industrial Home for Youth
  • Salem Correctional Center


The Industrial Home for Youth opened in 1899 as the West Virginia Industrial Home for Girls. Young females were sentenced by the juvenile courts or justices of the peace for incorrigibility and immorality, and by the criminal courts for felonies. Males were sentenced to the Industrial Home for Boys in Pruntytown, which had opened in 1891.

The change in philosophy regarding youth incarceration, which began in the 1970s, led to population declines at the industrial homes. In 1983, the Industrial School for Boys closed, and the girls’ facility was re-designated as the Industrial Home for Youth. The boys from Pruntytown were moved to this institution.

In 2000, an $18 million expansion was completed at the Industrial Home for Youth, with separate wings for females, males, and sex offenders. The new building provided for greater security, in-house medical services, and treatment programs. Educational services were provided through the West Virginia Department of Education.

In 2013, the young offenders were transferred to other juvenile centers. The facility—now called Salem Correctional Center—will become a minimum- and medium-security prison for up to 400 men.