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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  • by Jean Watkins Location: jxn on Mar 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    This will help nothing. They just moved my husband from CMCF to make room for juvenlies. CMCF has too many corrupt employees and management refuses to believe it is worker bringing in drug, phones and having sex for money. I know its true. My hubby has been jailed illegally for 4 years while we go to court to force them to do the right thing. Everyone is afraid if they fix a mistake they will have to take the blame for it. Everyday my husband is there MDOC will have to pay more in lawsuit. They don't care. I think they hope since hes got heart trouble he'll die. MDOC and all MS law think they are GOD. Too bad we can't put them in jail for every day he's done illegally. It amounts to kidnapping. we are at appeal now but can't get records moved. They have 30 days. Its been 3 months. Judge Hines is awful.
  • by why on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM
    Why did it take the feds to come in and tell we mississippians to do right. Thank God for common sense and restoring humaneness
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