Changes coming to Shelby County Juvenile Court

MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC-TV) – Big changes are coming to the Shelby County Juvenile Court on the heels of a scathing Department of Justice investigation.

The DOJ found Black children in Shelby County Juvenile Court were less likely to receive diversion than White children, more likely to be detained, and more likely to be transferred to adult criminal court.

The five year investigation also found a list of other violations, including questioning children without an attorney present, and the use of unsafe restraint and pressure point control tactics.

Shelby County leaders have a positive outlook on this reform.


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