Shelby County Takes Steps to Address Disproportionate Minority Contact Issues in Juvenile Court - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jan 23, 2019

Shelby County leaders are spearheading an initiative to study and analyze data from its Juvenile Court regarding a disparity in contact with minority children, The Commercial Appeal reports. Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael and county Mayor Lee Harris have hired a national expert from the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) to assist in determining problem areas of inequality in hopes to address and overcome these obstacles. Harris lauded the move as "another step in creating more local oversight of these very important juvenile justice issues." According to its website, the NCJJ — a research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges — is the oldest juvenile justice research group in the United States.