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Virginia honors reformer of juvenile justice system

Baber, who died in 1996, led the Welfare Department of the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs and advocated against placing incarcerated children in adult jails.

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A Virginia woman who helped overhaul the state’s antiquated juvenile justice system has been honored with a new state historical marker. 

The News & Advance reports that a marker highlighting the work of Lucy Harrison Miller Baber was unveiled Saturday outside Lynchburg’s downtown court complex. 

Baber, who died in 1996, led the Welfare Department of the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs and advocated against placing incarcerated children in adult jails. 

She helped formulate and implement legislation that strengthened the juvenile court system, required separate juvenile detention facilities, and expanded probation services. 

About 50 people attended Saturday’s dedication ceremony.