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Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Jailing Mississippians Indefinitely

The constitutional rights of impoverished citizens arrested in Scott County, Mississippi, are routinely violated by the local authorities’ practice of holding prisoners in jail for months without filing formal charges and without providing legal representation to those unable to afford a lawyer, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

The class action was filed by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Mississippi, and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, which has offices in Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to Scott County, the defendants include the senior circuit judge for the Eighth Circuit Court District of Mississippi, two county judges, and Scott County’s district attorney and sheriff. . . .

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Keywords: indefinite jailing, Johnson, Scott County

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