Hearing on Walnut Grove conditions

Associated PressJuly 15, 2014 

— On the heels of a new outbreak of violence at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility, plaintiffs and Mississippi officials are scheduled to go before a federal judge Tuesday to discuss the status of efforts to make improvements at the prison.

Nine inmates were hurt last week in a fight that authorities suggest came after the arrest of a man trying to smuggle contraband into the prison.

A Dec. 31 fight between two gangs left 16 inmates hurt at the central Mississippi prison.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in 2012 signed off on settlement reached by the state and civil rights advocates.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state over conditions at the facility in 2010. Juveniles were moved out of the prison.

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