House Passes Bills to Move Juvenile Offenders

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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
youth population.

Hines says the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility will separate violent and nonviolent offenders.

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