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Monday, January 17, 2005

Wide range of changes possible for training schools, officials say

Associated Press

RAYMOND, Miss. - Don Taylor says a positive mind-set is one of the most important qualities a worker can bring to a job in either of Mississippi's two juvenile training schools.

Mississippi's training schools have come under close scrutiny since July 2003, when the U.S. Justice Department released a 48-page report based on interviews with students who'd spent time there.

The report said adolescents had been hogtied, shackled to poles, ordered to exercise at odd hours and forced to eat their own vomit when they got sick from the exertion. The report also said staff at Oakley and Columbia had used "excessive force with impunity."

In December 2003, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit over conditions at the two schools. Taylor, who wasn't working for DHS when the suit was filed, expects the case to go to trial in December.


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