The Mississippi House has passed two bills related to a troubled youth correctional facility that was the
subject of a federal lawsuit.
One bill would move inmates 17 and younger out of the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.
The other bill provides for the creation of a Youthful Offender Unit at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.
The bills stem from a settlement of a 2010 lawsuit alleging that inmates were subjected to physical and sexual abuse.
Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville, says changes have been made to improve the Walnut Grove facility since the lawsuit was filed, but not enough has been done to make it a safe environment for the
Hines says the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility will separate violent and nonviolent offenders.
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