More expert witnesses provided testimony on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice this week as the trial over Arkansas’ state-run residential facilities for people with developmental disabilties continues in federal court.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state claiming the Conway Human Development Center makes no effort to integrate its residents back into the community and that the residents’ civil rights are being violated by dangerous living conditions.

After two weeks of witness testimony, the Justice Department could conclude its case by Monday, according to Department of Human Services spokesperson Julie Munsell. The state could begin presenting its case early next week, however, there is not a schedule for witness testimony, so a definite timetable is not available, Munsell said.

According to Munsell, while the Department of Justice presented mostly technical experts as witnesses, the state will focus more on testimony from family members, as well as experts in the field of developmental disabilities.

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