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Justice Department says youths subjected to sexual, other abuses at company-run Miss. prison By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ' The Justice Department says juveniles were subjected to sexual misconduct and other abuses at a privately run Mississippi prison, though the report comes three weeks after plans were revealed to move youth to another facility.

The Justice Department report dated Tuesday says sexual misconduct at Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility "was among the worst that we have seen in any facility anywhere in the nation."

Civil rights groups sued over abusive conditions in 2011. A proposed settlement reached in February requires youth to be moved to a facility governed by juvenile justice standards. State lawmakers hope to house them at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl.

Walnut Grove ' which also houses adults ' is run by GEO Group of Boca Raton, Fla., the nation's second largest private prison company. A spokesman for GEO Group declined to comment Wednesday.


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