Justice Dept. Raised Concerns about State Juvenile Laws

In its continuing coverage of the U.S. Justice Department’s report identifying issues with the Shelby County Juvenile Court, the Memphis Daily News focuses on concerns about state law in an article today. The paper quotes Juvenile Court Chief Administrative Officer Larry Scroggs as saying the court was aware that federal officials had concerns about the state’s 72-hour time frame for detention hearings. During conversations with the department, according to Scroggs, it became clear that officials came to believe Tennessee laws conflict with the U.S. Constitution. Such an interpretation certainly would have implications beyond Memphis, and could result in discussions between the department and state officials, according to the paper.