- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit filed more than a decade ago against Mississippi over confinement of youths at the former Oakley Training School in Raymond.

Last month, the Justice Department asked the federal court to dismiss its case involving the juvenile prison, which is now known as Oakley Youth Development Center. Federal officials said the state has significantly improved conditions there since a consent decree agreement was reached.

The reforms resulted in increased protection for young inmates, improved suicide-prevention practices, improved medical, dental and mental care, increased rehabilitative services, and improved special educational services.

The Justice Department notified Mississippi in 2003 that conditions at Oakley violated the constitutional rights of confined youths.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1lYwrxk) the agreement on reforms was signed in 2005.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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