MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the Juvenile Court in Memphis is making progress in implementing policies set by monitors assigned to oversee reforms mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice, but more work is needed in certain areas.
Officials with Shelby County Juvenile Court held a meeting Monday to inform the public about changes in the treatment and judicial processes faced by children charged with crimes in Tennessee's largest county.
In 2012, the Justice Department issued a scathing report criticizing the way juveniles were treated in the court.
Among a litany of problems, the report found black children were treated differently than their white counterparts and the rights of children of all races were routinely violated.
Officials say the overhaul will be a blueprint for other juvenile systems facing similar issues nationwide.