Department of Justice Updates Civil Rights Division with Various Settlement Agreements
Press Release
Department of Justice
June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016



  • The settlement agreement – subject to approval by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi – requires the county to implement a series of reforms across various stages of the criminal justice system, including the following:


o   Improve safety and security within the jail through better staffing and supervision, revised policies and physical plant improvements;


o   Limit the use of segregation and improve access to screening, treatment and community-based services for special needs prisoners, including juveniles and prisoners with serious mental illness;


o   Improve mental health and youth services, including better integration of jail operations with local community mental health and youth programs;


o   Enhance communication and coordination among different agencies involved with the criminal justice process;


o   And ensure compliance with due process liberty protections as prisoners navigate the criminal justice system.


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