JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Plaintiffs say that Hinds County hasn't done enough to improve conditions at its juvenile center and that a federal judge should hold the county in contempt.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the contempt motion Thursday before U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III.
The SPLC and other plaintiffs sued Hinds County supervisors over conditions at the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center in 2011. SPLC alleged that children were being denied mental health services and subjected to verbal abuse and threats by staff.
The lawsuit resulted in the settlement agreement, which included an expert monitoring the facility.
Lisa Ross, a lawyer representing Hinds County in the case, declined comment. In emails filed with the federal court, Ross had sought to negotiate a less extensive monitoring agreement with the SPLC.
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