SPECIAL LITIGATION SECTION
Information Regarding Oakley And Columbia Training Schools
On May 4, 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice settled its lawsuit against the State of Mississippi regarding the conditions of confinement at two Mississippi juvenile facilities – the Oakley Training School in Raymond and the Columbia Training School in Columbia. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, alleged that conditions at these facilities routinely and systemically deprived juveniles of federally protected civil rights, including staff violence and abusive institutional practices, unreasonable use of isolation and restraints, and inadequate medical, mental health, and educational services. With this settlement, the United States is committed to working with the State of Mississippi to ensure reform at the training schools.
The United States welcomes any information you may have about current conditions in the facilities. If you wish to furnish information about the Oakley or Columbia Training Schools, please provide the information requested below.
- your full name
- your full street address and include your post office box if you have one
- your phone number (home and work, if possible)
- your email address
- the facility about which you are furnishing information
- as much detailed information concerning incidents at the facility as you can, including dates
You may contact Doreen Bennett at our toll-free number:1 (877) 218-5228, write to us at the United States Department of Justice, Special Litigation Section, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20530 or email us.
You may also contact the monitor who will be assessing whether the State is complying with the settlement in this case. Her name is Joyce Burrell, and she can be reached at 202-403-5610. You may also contact the State of Mississippi's Division of Youth Services (which is a part of the Mississippi Department of Human Services).