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Lawsuit agreement reached over organization's access to juveniles

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A compromise is reached in a federal lawsuit filed against Forrest County.

In U.S. District Court, attorneys for the non-profit organization, Disability Rights Mississippi and Forrest County reached an agreement when it comes to access to the county's juvenile offenders.

The agreement allows the non-profit organization complete access to the facility for monitoring and investigative activities under certain criteria.

Attorneys say the agreement clarifies the two parties roles when it comes to juvenile access.

"It tells us what Disability Rights Mississippi has access to do and what is required of the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center and Forrest County and the Forrest County Sheriff's Department," said Jim Dukes, Attorney for Forrest County.

"We feel that a presence there can eliminate future abuse when Forrest County and organizations like Disability Rights Mississippi work together," said Jody Owens, Attorney for Southern Poverty Law Center.

Video of youth detainees being abused at the Forrest County Detention Center sparked the Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit against the county.

They claimed they were denied access to the children when they attempted to interview about the allegations.

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