Check out this op-ed series in the Commercial Appeal about the Shelby County Juvenile Court and the prospect of a new Youth Assessment Center.

The position of the youth advocates in this series is simple.  Despite the lure of an assessment center, Shelby County should work on correcting the culture of the now-existing Shelby County Juvenile Court and look for opportunities to maximize our youth’s potential before creating another poorly run institution.

On the heels of the proposed Youth Assessment Center comes news that the U.S. Department of Justice will continue monitoring Shelby County Juvenile Court despite a request from Mayor Mark Luttrell earlier this year to end federal monitoring.

Thanks to all in this series that took the time to lift the voices of our youth in contemplating how we move forward with creating a better justice system!




Written by demefrank

mother, womanist, law prof, prison abolitionist. Demetria does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from the viewpoints expressed in this article or post.

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