U.S. Dept. of Justice Monitor Criticizes Juvenile Courts in Tennessee

According to a recent AP article published in U.S. News & World Report, “Despite the end to federal oversight of a¬†Tennessee¬†county’s juvenile justice system, a U.S. Department of Justice monitor says ‘blatantly unfair” practices persist.'”

Monitor Sandra Simkins outlined in her report two main areas where the county still doesn’t comply with the agreement reached in 2012: 1)¬†the court exerts “inappropriate influence” over defense appointments; and 2) that children are transferred to adult criminal court without due process.