Deal Reached in Juvenile Center Lawsuit

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Disability Rights Mississippi filed suit in 2009 in U.S. District Court to challenge conditions at the 30-bed Lauderdale County Juvenile Center in Meridian.

Among the lawsuit's allegations were that youngsters were locked in crowded cells all day and denied care for mental health and medical issues.

The agreement calls for those practices to end and establishes a community advisory board.

A notice of the settlement was filed with the court April 30.

Plaintiffs' attorney, Sheila Bedi, said the settlement shows the county's commitment to protect detained youths.

Lee Thaggard, an attorney who works for the county, didn't immediately return a call Tuesday.

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  • by sick of SPLC on May 7, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    SPLC leaves a bad taste in my mouth. They are nothing but trouble everywhere they go... they are not even for human rights, they are in it for themselves & whatever glory they can get. It's not helping the kids in the long run, it's hurting them. SPLC just leaves them on the side of the road as they take on another PROJECT! They have an agenda & it's usually out to get somebody. Sad to say, one day it could be YOU!
  • by ceily Location: meridian on May 6, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    THese kids are placed for as punishment not for a vacation. SO what if the accommadations aren't great, quit getting into trouble. As ususal people want the government to fix everything and provide more more more! so sick of it!
  • by Jennifer Location: enterprise, ms on May 6, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    I mean gosh, why not just make it a 5 star hotel and give them some goody bags while their in there. They're in there to be punished. They need to feel like what's like to be in a real jail, other wise they're going to get into more trouble and not worry about being in there. They didn't get put in there for winning the Science Fair, HELLOOOO. I went in there on a field trip and they get to watch t.v. all day, that don't seem awful to me. Maybe it wouldn't be so crowded if half the kids in Meridian would learn how to act right.
  • by C Location: Meridian, MS on May 6, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    Judge Young is in the position she is in because she is intelligent, educated, and hard-working. She could have chosen to spend her life traveling around the world, or moved somewhere else in the country. Instead she chose to stay here in her hometown and make it a better place for the kids. Good for her.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on May 5, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    The only reason Young is in the position she is in is because of who she is related to. I could say more about the DHS, and how they deal with termination of parental rights for adoption, but if I said any more, it would violate a privacy issue. I trust I have gotten my point across?
  • by RC Location: Meridian on May 5, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    Of course if these wonderfully behaved children didn't do something to find themselves in the juvenile center then we wouldn't be having these conversations. Would we.
  • by Carolyn Bowen Location: Scooba on May 5, 2010 at 04:03 AM
    Young needs to be voted out of there! She is incompetent to serve as a juvenile judge.
  • by She'll know on May 5, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    What kind of Judge would allow this kind of stuff to go on right under ''her'' nose? The whole system needs a good housecleaning, including Lauderdale County DHS.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2010 at 03:31 AM
    have questions on this.. if this was all true were was the FBI and federal people on this ... main reason fed law & civil rights are violated.. more to this that isnt said that is speaking volumes
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 09:53 PM
    3 days in jail... it's not designed to provide mental health. It's detention. I agree there needs to be improvements, but it's not supposed to be the Conrad Hilton either. There are counselors available. If it keeps getting better, more kids will be knocking on the doors for a place to sleep, better food & more privacy than home & a cleaner environment.
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