DOJ & Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County

The Report

In 2012, the Department of Justice issued a report finding that the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County (TN) failed to provide constitutionally required due process to children of all races and that the court’s administration of justice discriminates against black children. Further, it found that the court had violated the substantive due process rights of detained youth by not providing them with reasonably safe conditions of confinement.

The Agreement

Following the report, the Department of Justice, the JCMSC, and the county entered into an agreement that outlined a plan for rectifying the findings of the report. The agreement set up federal monitors to oversee the progress in areas of due process, equal protection, and protection of youth from harm.