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Jody Owens, managing attorney at the Mississippi Southern Poverty Law Center, criticized the vice president of a private prison company in court for not having more detailed knowledge about a riot at Walnut Grove, which she oversees. Photo courtesy Trip Burns/File Photo

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Located in Leake County, Walnut Grove opened in 2001 for children convicted as adults in criminal court, and has been the subject of nearly ongoing scrutiny for civil-rights violations.


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