Nossiter Finds Real Culprit Behind MS Reform School Abuse - Low Taxes

Southern-based Adam Nossiter uses his favorite left-wing advocacy group to blame low tax rates in Mississippi for widespread abuse of teenagers in state reform schools.

In Thursday's "Lawsuit Filed Over Treatment of Girls at State Reform School in Mississippi," Southern-based reporter Adam Nossiter looked at abuse at a state reform school for troubled teenage girl. But to Nossiter, the real culprit was -low state tax rates.

"Reports of what the lawsuit calls 'widespread abuse' at the Columbia school and a similar institution for boys, the Oakley school, are not new. In 1977 a federal judge curtailed the use of isolation cells and pushed for the hiring of doctors; five years ago the State Legislature found numerous inadequacies; and four years ago the Justice Department discovered that young offenders were being hogtied, shackled, choked and beaten. The department sued Mississippi over those and other abuses, and a settlement was reached in 2005.

"But in a low-tax, low-spending state where, advocates say, care for troubled young offenders is a low public priority, abuses have persisted. At a legislative hearing last month there was testimony about guards' making sexual propositions to the girls, shackling and other problems. Meanwhile, a recent report by a Justice Department official monitoring the settlement found persistent deficiencies, particularly in protecting the children from harm."

The liberal source for the lawsuit was revealed deep into the story: "The lawsuit, filed by a branch of the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Ala...."

Back in February, Nossiter also used the left-wing SPLC to attack "fanatics about property rights."

"The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization in Montgomery, Ala., says the Abbeville area, in the western part of the state, has attracted others like the Bixbys - fanatics about property rights and resistance to authority who find the Confederate heritage nourishing. 'We've pointed out that that area is one of the hotbeds,' said Mark Potok, a staff director at the center.