Lawsuit Arises After 'Shocking' Video Shows Abuses at Juvenile Facility

March 14, 2011

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS) today filed a lawsuit
against Forrest County, Miss., to force the county to comply with
federal law and provide the children held at the county’s juvenile
detention center with access to lawyers and civil rights advocates
following reports of abusive conditions at the facility.

footage from the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center shows a youth
hogtied and other abuses, including a youth slammed against a wall by a
guard. The video was recently released despite the county’s effort to
prevent it from being aired. When advocates for the SPLC and DRMS sought
access to the detention center in order to provide detained youth with
federally mandated protection and advocacy services, county officials
barred their access to the children.

Click the link below for the full story and security footage from the juvenile center.