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Thursday, July 5: Youth Detention

Air date 07/05/12

Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center is showing little progress for its compliance with a settlement agreement to address abusive conditions at the facility, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.  The SPLC reached an agreement with Forrest County officials last October. That agreement required the county to stop the abuse of children, improve staffing, alleviate overcrowded conditions, shorten the time that children are confined to their cells each day, and improve educational and rehabilitative programs.  SPLC attorney Jody Owens says an independent monitor has found that while things are far from perfect the facility is moving in the right direction. He spoke with MPB's Lawayne Childrey.

Then, hear the Business Break with Nancy L. Anderson and Christina Gaylor. They both discuss Nissan jobs, the new beer law, and other matters in Mississippi. Special guest, Barbara Travis shares information on minorities starting a business.

Also, 50 years ago this week, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Faulkner died. The Mississippian's works had a character and personality as unique as his own. Starting tomorrow there will be several opportunities for the public to remember Faulkner. Dr. Jay Watson is professor of Faulkner studies at the University of Mississippi. He has some suggestions for those new to the fictitious Yoknapatawpha County.



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