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Justice Department says problems remain at Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center

The U.S. Justice Department says special education services remain inadequate in a Leflore County juvenile detention center that receives minors from a broad swath of northern Mississippi.
In a 19-page letter released Tuesday, the department's Civil Rights Division said the 30-bed juvenile jail lags despite promises to improve.

In May, Leflore County agreed in a court settlement to improve security and physical conditions at the center.
Federal officials cite concerns over the failure to assess students, acquire individualized educational plans, and follow them.
Because the state took over the Leflore County school system in 2013, the Mississippi Department of Education is directly responsible for providing services.

State Superintendent Carey Wright says the department is working to fix problems it inherited and will "fully cooperate" with the Justice Department.

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