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State honors reformer of juvenile justice system

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

A marker highlighting the work of Lucy Harrison Miller Baber was unveiled Nov. 28 outside Lynchburg’s downtown court complex, The News & Advance reported.

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 the Nov. 28 dedication ceremony.

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