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Disability Rights Mississippi may now access Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- A compromise was reached today in a federal lawsuit filed against Forrest County.

Attorneys for Disability Rights Mississippi and Forrest County agreed to an order that will allow the non-profit organization access to mentally and developmentally challenged residents of the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.

That access will be allowed for monitoring and investigative activities under certain criteria. For example, a 48 hour written notice that a person from Disability Rights Mississippi plans to visit the facility. However, in cases of suspected abuse, such notice is not required.

Additionally, residents of the facility can terminate a visit from the organization if they wish. Another portion of the agreement identifies a counselor to be hired by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, pending approval, to act as a liaison between the detention center and county officials.

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