Federal reports trumps discussion at meeting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A meeting on treatment of minority children in Shelby County's juvenile justice system generated discussion in the wake of a federal report on Juvenile Court.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the meeting on Tuesday was set weeks ago to discuss an initiative in Memphis to reduce the number of minority children brought before Juvenile Court.

Most of the discussion, however, was about the U.S. Department of Justice report issued last week that pointed to a pattern of racial discrimination and civil rights violations.

Dwight Montgomery of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapter said court officials weren't responsive to his group's effort to keep youths out of gangs.

John Hall, who heads statewide and Shelby County task forces on the court initiative, cited improvements in the local system.

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