The state began the presentation of its case Monday in the trial over Arkansas’ state-run residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities.

The Department of Justice 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.

According to Department of Human Services spokesperson Julie Munsell, the state is scheduled to take two to three weeks to present its case.

The Department of Justice wrapped up its case last week after nearly three weeks of witness testimony.

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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