Success in Shelby County: A Roadmap to Systemic Juvenile Reform

40 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2014

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Sandra Simkins

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers Law School

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

2012 the Department of Justice published a comprehensive investigation into the Juvenile Court System of Shelby County in Memphis Tennessee.The investigation revealed serious problems in the area of due process protections for youth and equal protection leading to an over representation of black youth. The investigation lead to an agreement between the Department of Justice and the Juvenile Court to reform due process protections for youth. This article describes why the time is ripe for juvenile court reform, why the DOJ investigation is historic, and the progress that has been made via the agreement thus far.

Keywords: juvenile justice, DOJ, Shelby County, due process

Suggested Citation

Simkins, Sandra, Success in Shelby County: A Roadmap to Systemic Juvenile Reform (2014). University of Memphis Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2449034

Sandra Simkins (Contact Author)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers Law School ( email )

Newark, NJ
United States

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