HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A federal court monitor says Forrest County officials are partially in compliance with an order to make improvements at the local juvenile detention center.
In documents released Monday, Anne M. Nelsen wrote in her report that the county was "substantially compliant" with 6 of the order's 70 provisions, "partially compliant" with another 35 provisions, and non-compliant with 29 provisions.
Nelson says many of the provisions partially complied with only lack written policies as the facility's staff have already put them into practice.
In March 2011, Southern Poverty Law Center and Disability Rights Mississippi filed a federal lawsuit to force Forrest County to comply with federal law over conflicting state laws and provide the children at the center with access to lawyers and civil rights advocates.
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