In U.S. District Court judge will rule on a groundbreaking settlement concerning Walnut Grove Correctional Facility, during a hearing Thursday morning. Dozens supporting the agreement and inmates at the facility were present for the hearing at the federal courthouse.
Judge Carlton Reeves is presiding over the case and listened to testimony from six current inmates, who were all in favor of the settlement being approved.
If the settlement is approved children in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections will be removed from the prison which is facing scrutiny for abuse and negligence. It would also prohibit the use of solitary confinement.
Advocacy group Friends and Family Members of Youth Incarcerated at Walnut Grove has provided a voice for abused inmates since a riot at the facility in 2010. One supporter told us why he has been pushing for this agreement.
"We're just here to be supportive hoping for the best in everything," Deon, a group member said. "We've been supporting this organization for a little bit over a year now, and we're excited about the progress we made."
Judge Reeves decision is expected to come down Thursday afternoon.
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