The ABA Journal Blog reports on a ground-breaking agreement between TN Shelby County and the US Dep’t of Justice. The agreement regards the juvenile judicial system, includes the following provisions:
- Teens will be advised of their Miranda Rights;
- Teens will get a probable cause hearing on detention within 48 hours; and
- Teens will get help from specially trained public defenders.
This agreement arose from a federal investigation which found the following:
- Black teens were twice as likely as white teens to be detained;
- Black teens were transferred to adult criminal court for low-level offenses;
- Black teens were subjected to unnecessary restraints;
- Black teens were not advised of their Miranda rights; and
- Black teens were held in detention on weekends and holidays because no probable cause hearings were held.
via A Tennessee County Agrees to Grant New Protections to Accused Juveniles in Template for Reform – News – ABA Journal.
From ABA Journal News:
The U.S. Justice Department is threatening to sue a controversial Arizona sheriff for civil rights violations because of his treatment of Hispanics.
The department’s civil rights division revealed a possible lawsuit after settlement talks broke down with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, according to Reuters and the Washington Post. “We believe that you are wasting time and not negotiating in good faith,” the department said in a letter to Arpaio’s lawyer.
A Justice Department report released in December accused the sheriff’s department of using racial profiling against Hispanics in police stops and denying them services in jail.
The DOJ says Arpaio’s lawyers have twice called off settlement negotiations at the last minute, according to the Post account. After cancelation of a March 1 meeting, Arpaio held a news conference to claim President Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery. Now Arpaio is complaining about the feds’ demand for a court-appointed monitor.
via DOJ Threatens to Sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Civil Rights Violations – News – ABA Journal.