Juvenile Center Renamed For Ronald C. Muholland

The Northern Regional Juvenile Center in Wheeling was renamed the Ronald C. Muholland Juvenile Center on Tuesday, in memory of the late Ronald C. Muholland, a Youth Services System innovator who became one of West Virginia’s outstanding advocates for youth.

A small group of people gathered Tuesday morning in a parking area outside the facility, which is positioned on a hillside along Chapline Street above North Wheeling.

Several local officials spoke of their admiration for Muholland and remembered him for his work with young people.

Muholland, who died in 2009, was hired in 1974 by the founding board members of YSS as the first staff person of the new non-profit.

Known for his dedication to juvenile justice, Muholland served on a statewide commission looking at how West Virginia treated youths accused of serious crimes.

Out of his work came the Northern Regional Juvenile Center in 1986 – the only private non-profit juvenile detention center in the state. He retired as the executive director of YSS.

The center is now both a juvenile detention center, primarily serving the Northern Panhandle, and a center for young women who are committed to the custody of the state at the end of their judicial case.

Featured speakers for the event included U.S. District Judge Frederick Stamp; Marc Abraham, chair of the YSS board; George Smoulder, YSS board member; and Denny Dodson, deputy director of the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services.

“It’s just a small token for an individual who has been such an inspiration and a leader in terms of developing, creating and implementing services for juveniles and youth and even for families right here in our Upper Ohio Valley,” Smoulder said.