When Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS) attempted to provide the youths with services to protect them from further abuse,
DRMS is a nonprofit agency with a federal mandate to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Under this mandate, they have a right to enter the facility, interview children, assess the conditions and work with the county to address violations.
After gaining access, the SPLC and DRMS filed a lawsuit in April 2011. That lawsuit – M.T., et al. v.
County officials also agreed to improve staffing and alleviate overcrowded conditions; shorten the time that children are confined to their cells each day; and improve educational and rehabilitative programs.