City, county seek details of DOJ claims against black students

Officials in Meridian and Lauderdale County want details from the Justice Department to back up its allegations local students’ rights have been violated by jailing them for school infractions.

Earlier this month the Justice Department said officials in east Mississippi operate a “school-to-prison pipeline” that incarcerated students – mostly black and disabled – for minor school disciplinary infractions, including dress code violations and using profanity.