SPLC Suing over Juvenile Center Conditions

A civil rights law firm has filed a lawsuit against Lauderdale County over the conditions at the county's juvenile detention facility.

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced Friday that the lawsuit seeks to force the county to comply with federal law and open the detention center to inspection, because of reports of inhumane and unconstitutional conditions.

It alleges that minors are being locked down in unsanitary, overcrowded jail cells, subjected to physical abuse and denied access to medical, mental health and educational services.

Numerous Lauderdale County grand juries over the years have called the conditions at the center deplorable.


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  • by Feed Up on Oct 20, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    People, people, people, I agree give me a break... it a detention center! Not a 5 star hotel... If you behave you will be in a regular class setting, if they have a mental problem someone should have noticed that way before they ever got to that point... If they were doing what they were told to do at home and at school they would not know what it looked like on the inside in the first place!! The people on the front page of the Meridian Star should be ashamed to have their behinds on there supporting this foolishness. Teach them a trade while they are in there and have them to fix it up!! Oh wait that's child labor and there is a law for that... well let the immates learn a trade and fix it up.. no wait... that would be having skills, and applying them... = that sounds a lot like WORK!!
  • by Give me a Break on Oct 20, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    The students in the Juvenile center do get an education. They use Compass Odyssey, which is a web based program. Merdian Public Schools use the same program. I agree that even if the facility was nicer and upgrades were made they would just tear it up. I speak from experience. Drive by their houses. They look like dumps. The same as Frank Berry and the Caruosel Place will look in a few years. Why do we keep throwing good money after bad. I think you are correct use inmate labor to keep it clean or renovate the facility. A little hard work never hurt!
  • by Ed on Oct 19, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    well all what was here and done with all the ole boys for the last 20 years is coming out NOTHING was done to help the people of this city... as far as kids go.. no matter the parents good or bad.. the kids will do as they wish.. it is their right as it has been drilled over and over in their heads.. but all are to be blamed for how this city has become why because no one until now did anything to bring change starting off with a new mayor... and the rest is following.. just will take time.. to repair all that was shoved aside for ego and what ever...just as time goes dont be taken as more crap come out that the last mayor and all has done and hid as well...
  • by patricia edwards Location: meridian on Oct 19, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    I sat on the grand jury in the early 90's and thing were no better then they are now. When will the city of Meridian start to take more of in interest in our young children and their health and education. Kids will be kids but that's no reason for them to be treated as if they are animals. The guards should treat these kids is if they are their own. How would the feel if someone pepper sprayed one of their children, they would not be happy. If they would talk to these kids maybe they could be of some help to them.
  • by Annette Location: Philadelphia, Ms. on Oct 19, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    I would like to know if the juveniles are getting any education at all. I understood that they are not. Does Lauderdale County hire any teachers to teach them? When I grew up I got a good education because my parents made sure I did, and it had nothing to do with whether I was good or bad. It had everything to do with what my good parents wanted for me.
  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Oct 19, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    These people might have committed a crime,but who deserve to live in a garbage dumpster? Their punishment is doing time,therefore why give them a double sentence by not allowing them to live inside a nice cell,denying their education etc? You people are beyond stupidity
  • by Patrick Location: Meridian on Oct 19, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    Seriously...if parents were involved in their children's lives as much as they SHOULD be, their shouldn't be any children in Juvenile Centers. Let the present conditions serve as an example of what their lives COULD end up like if they were to continue a pattern of mis-conduct and end up in jail. PARENTS owe their children an education; not the city or county.
  • by john Location: meridian on Oct 19, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    Parents do your job at home, then we would not need a juvenile center.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    i understand the judge has been asking for renovations for over 10 years, I hope he called them to make this happen....
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    let he WITHOUT sin cast the first stone !!!!
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