Here's an update to a link I posted on September 17th about an eight-month investigation by the Justice Department seeking to learn whether or not kids like 14 year old Lionel Townsend and others were being illegally shoveled into the system for acting out in school. It appears that the conclusion was: Yes.
Mississippi is breaking the law by violating the due process rights of kids who are getting funneled through its juvenile justice system, the Department of Justice has said. It filed a lawsuit today against the state itself, as well as the city of Meridian, Lauderdale County and judges of the Lauderdale County Youth Court for doing exactly that.
“The department is bringing this lawsuit to ensure that all children are treated fairly and receive the fullest protection of the law,” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division said in a statement. “It is in all of our best interests to ensure that children are not incarcerated for alleged minor infractions, and that police and courts meet their obligations to uphold children’s constitutional rights.”
Read more details of this story at colorlines.com