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MIDTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Leaders of the Shelby County and county juvenile court systems detailed reforms being made Monday evening

A good portion of the discussion focused on young offenders and their access to lawyers.

Nearly 50 people showed up for the meeting at the Shelby County Schools building in Midtown Memphis.

It's been about 18 months since the Department of Justice ordered the court to make a series of reforms. A DOJ investigation found significant problems with how young people, especially African-american children were handled throughout the legal process.
 
Outside monitors are reviewing three key areas access to due process, equal protection and the court's detention facility. The court touted progress in every area.

But those outside monitors also say they're several areas still in need of improvement. Larry Scroggs, county juvenile court's chief administrative officer, said it's headed in the right direction.
 
"There are things that we have to do, moving forward this has always been viewed as a process that would probably take as many as five years to fully implement," Scroggs said. "So we're, we're in that cycle we're about 18 months in feel real good about where we are at this point."

When it comes to due process or legal representation, one of the monitors says the quality of representation is not as good as it could be.
 
The number of children or teens being transferred into adult court is higher than the state average. Those are areas that need work.

Monday's meeting was part of the court's community outreach, a key part of the agreement struck with the DOJ.





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