Feds, county settle juvenile detention center dispute

Visitation resuming at prison in Leakesville (Image 1)

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) – The Department of Justice announced Wednesday an agreement with Leflore County to improve security and facility conditions at the local juvenile detention center in Greenwood.
   
The county board of supervisors approved the pact in April.
   
Supervisors say agreement places the juvenile detention center under Justice Department oversight but allows the county to avoid litigation.
   
The settlement resolves federal allegations, raised after a 2009 visit, that conditions at the facility violated the constitutional rights of youth detained there.
   
The settlement covers policies, procedures and training at the facility. A lawsuit has not been filed.
   
The facility, located near the Leflore County Courthouse, is one of 15 juvenile detention centers in Mississippi and houses youth from a number of different counties.
   
The agreement awaits a federal judge’s approval.

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