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Hearing on state’s failure to protect prisoners from violence at Walnut Grove Correctional Facility

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Beginning Wednesday, in federal court, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the ACLU National Prison Project, and McDuff & Byrd will prove that the Mississippi Department of Corrections is violating the Eighth Amendment rights of all prisoners at Walnut Grove. Three years ago, the Mississippi Department of Corrections agreed to take specific measures to reduce the violence at Walnut Grove when it settled a federal lawsuit brought by the SPLC and the ACLU National Prison Project. However, the facility has seen violence escalate.

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