- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A new executive director is in place at the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center and Hinds County officials said progress is being made to comply with court-ordered improvements at the center.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1OBi7Up) the Southern Poverty Law Center and other advocacy groups filed suit in 2011 after finding teens were being denied mental health services and subjected to verbal abuse and threats of physical harm by staff members.

In a settlement reached in 2012, U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan required the county to increase staffing, improve medical care, beef up educational and enrichment programming, and repair buildings.

Johnnie McDaniels was appointed April 13 as the new executive director.

An attorney for the board of supervisors says recently the judge praised on-going efforts to make improvements at the youth center.

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


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