JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Hinds County Youth Court Judge Bill Skinner is in a legal fight with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors over administrative control of the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center.
Skinner says the Board of Supervisors has entered into a federal consent decree to limit juvenile stays at the center to a maximum 21 days without the authority of the Youth Court. Juveniles had been kept at the center up to 90 days.
The Clarion-Ledger reports Skinner also has filed a complaint in Hinds County Circuit Court seeking an injunction against the county to stop the county from reducing the Youth Court’s budget by about $62,800, and to return control of the youth detention center to him.
A hearing scheduled for Monday in federal court on Skinner’s motion was cancelled.