Report: Memphis Juvenile Court Improving

Independent monitor Sandra Simpkins, who is overseeing reforms at the Shelby County Juvenile Court, has cited improvements, particularly involving the issue of when to transfer a minor to adult court, the Commercial Appeal reports. In a recent 33-page report, Simpkins wrote that defense attorneys are fighting harder to keep youths in the juvenile system and judges are scrutinizing more closely which felony cases merit transfer to adult court. She concludes that the court “is becoming a healthy court environment where due process rights of children are protected and public safety concerns are addressed.”

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