A Tennessee County Agrees to Grant New Protections to Accused Juveniles in Template for Reform

Tennessee’s Shelby County has agreed to reform its justice system in a ground-breaking pact with the U.S. Justice Department. A federal investigation had highlighted the problems there, the New York Times reports. Black teens in the county, which includes Memphis, were twice as likely as white teens to be detained, and were transferred to adult criminal court for low-level offenses far more often than whites. In addition, juveniles were subjected to unnecessary restraints, were not advised of their Miranda rights, and were held in detention on weekends and holidays because no probable cause hearings were held. According to the Times,…

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A Tennessee County Agrees to Grant New Protections to Accused Juveniles in Template for Reform