SPLC Threatens Legal Action Over Juvenile Center

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Lauderdale County is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Sheriff Billy Sollie wants to move youthful offenders out of the much maligned Juvenile Center in Meridian, but Rankin County is backing away from a partnership that would have given local offenders a place to go.

The sticking point seems to be the Southern Poverty Law Center's monitoring of the Lauderdale County center.

The SPLC has various restrictions on juvenile rehabilitation, and Sollie says the Rankin facility uses some techniques that Southern Poverty is against.

"Southern Poverty is adamantly against a paramilitary style rehabilitation," says Sollie, "[and in the Rankin facility] the youth are moved from one housing unit to another in a single line, I never heard anyone screaming or barking out orders, but it was an orderly movement from one room to the other."

The SPLC has threatened legal action against Lauderdale County, and they have given the sheriff's department until March 1st to get the issue resolved.

"Something has to be done," says Sollie, "either shut the center down and not temporarily house any youth here in Lauderdale County, or get Southern Poverty to work with Rankin County."

Sheriff Sollie is holding out hope that an agreement can be worked out with that March 1st deadline from the SPLC right around the corner.

Newscenter 11 spoke to an SPLC official Friday evening by phone. Staff attorney Elissa Johnson says that improvements at the center are not coming fast enough, and they imposed the deadline because they feel that the safety of children is in jeopardy.


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  • by askyourpreacher on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM
    You are right
    Sin is sin
    Even the white lies you tell
    Oh you keep the entire 10 commandments all of the time. In thought and acts. But breakone and you break them all.law! Grace Saids all have sinned. But if you choose to be perfect sale all have give it to the poor and follow me. The penalty for breaking one is death.
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      by LCREZ on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:49 AM in reply to askyourpreacher
      You need to reread your post and reread the Bible. No sin is acceptable but not all sins are the same. You don't need to ask your preacher. A man can be wrong. READ the Bible. It is never wrong. Worry and murder are not equal.
  • by biglittle on Feb 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
    Mr Robert i have one question for you. In Gods eyes is stealing one piece of bubble gun i mean gum worse that stealing a car?
    Man I'm glad we are not God.
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      by LCREZ on Feb 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM in reply to biglittle
      The children in the juvenile center did much more han steal a pack of gum. It is not the same as stealing a car. All sins are not equal. The Bible does not teach that all sins are the same. Jesus told Pilate that the one who delivered Jesus to Pilate was more guilty than Pilate. Read it yourself.
  • by one question on Feb 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM
    If two kids break the law in LAUDERDALE County. Who will not go through the court system? Which one will not go through the juvenile justice system?
    Mrs I, tell me what would JESUS DO?
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      by LCREZ on Feb 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM in reply to one question
      I have no clue what you are asking. If a child breaks the law, Jesus says he or she is guilty.
  • by Shut up SPLC Location: Meridian on Feb 20, 2012 at 08:33 AM
    Why doesn't the SPLC mind its own business? We have enough problems with children today and they say orderly disaplined single file lines is over the top! The SPLC is part of the reason these kids will be career criminals..... Why not? If its a breeze as a child why should they fear prison?
  • by allanswers on Feb 19, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    Well i guess i and r have all of the answers.from being ministers to therapist to counselors. Open your business and we will drop all the children and their parents off to you. Thank you both for your perfect lives and for raising perfect children. I pray that your children will keep the perfect generation going.
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      by Concerned Citizen on Feb 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM in reply to allanswers
      I don't think anyone has the "perfect" child that you speak of. But there's a huge difference between a student who gets detention at school because he/she talks too much in class, and a student who steals somebody's car. Can't you see what is happening to our city? Look ahead ten years.....if crime continues the way it is now, Meridian will be nothing but a huge crime-ridden ghetto with only a few tax-payers left. Everyone else will have left the city because they will have gotten tired of supporting the people who pay no taxes, and/or prey on others.
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      by lcrez on Feb 20, 2012 at 09:15 AM in reply to allanswers
      There are people trying to help at the juvenile center. Ministry is happening there as far as I know. Volunteers are going to the center and sharing hope with them. Why do people get so defensive and sling around "perfect" towards those who are doing their job as parents. If your children are not doing well, you are responsible not the government. My children are part of the solution instead of the problem and I give thanks to God for that. The answer is not to drop off children anywhere but to their own homes. It is your responsibility to raise your own children. Not anyone else. Proof is in the pudding. BTW lcrez is Lauderdale County Resident=LC Rez
  • by Concerned Citizen on Feb 18, 2012 at 08:27 PM
    The SPLC needs to spend more time rehabilitating the teenagers who commit crimes than threatening law suits against people who are trying to keep the teens from harming themselves and the citizens of Lauderdale County. Hire some good therapists who will work with the parents, as well as the teens, instead of enabling these crimes to continue. There is NO excuse for robberies, car jackings, home invasions, etc., period!!! Rise above it, and get to the root of the problem!!!
  • by lcrez Location: lc on Feb 18, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    The scripture you mention is: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he old he will not depart from it. Did you read that? Train them right and they will not rebell. Not they will come back after they rebell. Sending kids to church and living like the devil is not training a child right. We need fathers and mothers to train their children together in God's Word and by the way take them to church too. But you have to show them the way. Don't be lazy.
  • by bearhunter on Feb 18, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    The problem root cause again is LIBERALS. liberal human rights does not want you to decipline your children if you do you go to jail. SPARE THE ROD SPOIL THE CHILD. but that is from the bible and we cant have that so saith the liberals. instead we are forced to have to let kids or teenagers do what they want , influenced by rap music and other perverse ways of the world. if parents could disipline like in the good ol days with a switch or a back hand , a lot of young crime would be prevented. but libera;s got their nose in that, they dont even want them hand cuffed when they are arrested.
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Feb 18, 2012 at 07:02 PM
    What does 'raised in the church' mean. Is that the same mentality as 'it takes a village' that the Clintons tried to force feed the country in the 90's.

    I was 'raised in a home' with dicepline and consequences for bad decisions. I believe 'it takes a mother and a father'. I went to church to learn about the nature of God and His Son not how to behave. Its not a churches, school, or detention centers responsibility to teach children how to behave.
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Feb 18, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    'kids will be kids'? Is that what we should think when a 14 year old boy exposes himself to a teacher at Carver Middle School, or a pregnant 13 yr old girl gets beat up by the 'baby daddy' on the school bus. What? You didn't hear about that? Not to mention the violent crimes.

    'kids being kids' is breaking a window after being told not to play ball in the house or saying embarassing things about the family in front of the preacher. It doesn't mean criminal activity that requires incarceration.
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