C.B. v. Walnut Grove Correctional Authority, (S.D. Miss. 2010), Civil Action No. 3:10cv663
This was a class action suit filed on behalf of youth who were tried and convicted in the adult criminal justice system and were held in the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Leake County, Mississippi. The parties reached a settlement in 2012 for all male youth 17 years of age and under and those 18 and 19 who are held in the Youthful Offender Unit. Among other things, the settlement decree barred the state from placing young people in solitary confinement – the first time a federal court has banned the practice of housing children in long-term segregation.
On the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website there are links to the complaint, consent decree, Department of Justice Findings, and Court Monitor reports – click here.
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