DOJ ends part of court deal
Justice Department confident county doing better with juvenile offenders
The U.S. Department of Justice is terminating more than a dozen subsections of its agreement with Shelby County Juvenile Court, but stopped short of releasing the county from oversight.
According to a document obtained by The Commercial Appeal, the Justice Department is terminating 14 subsections after finding that the county has comdone plied with the measures substantially and for one year.
The Justice Department expressed confidence to county officials that there has been steady movement toward compliance with the entire agreement, however “because more work needs to be before that goal is achieved, it would be premature to terminate the entire agreement at this time.”
The court has been monitored following a 2012 report from the Justice Department finding discrimination against African-American children, unsafe confinement conditions and failures to provide due process to youth appearing for proceedings at the court.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Sheriff Bill Oldham and Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael signed a letter in June to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to review the status of the entire agreement with the DOJ and that if he agrees it should be terminated, they