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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