DOJ: Juvenile Court Misunderstands Its Role

The U.S. Justice Department report released last week about the Shelby County Juvenile Court not only found evidence of discrimination, but also found issues with the culture of the court. According to the Memphis Daily News, the study by the department’s Civil Rights Division found that many of those involved with and working in the juvenile justice system have “a fundamental misunderstanding about the purpose of juvenile court and the roles and responsibilities of its participants.” The study also raised questions about the court’s ability to handle matters involving allegations of serious violent crimes.

In related news, the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Memphis Chapter today called for greater oversight of the court by the Memphis Juvenile Court Advisory Board. Dwight Montgomery says he is a member of the board, but that the group never meets and needs to be revived. The Commercial Appeal has more