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Juvenile Court settlement to get Town Hall airing Thursday

Henri-Brooks-400A Town Hall meeting is set for Thursday to discuss the recent agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Shelby County Juvenile Court.

The session, which County Commissioner Henri Brooks will host, will be held in the auditorium of the Memphis City Schools Board at 2597 Avery. It is slated for two hours and begins at 5 p.m.

At issue is a $4.5 million to $6.5 million settlement agreement that is a tied to a three-year Department of Justice (DOJ) study. According to the findings, Juvenile Court had shown systemic discrimination in its treatment of African-American children. Other children, the study concluded,

Brooks and other County Commissioners have voiced their displeasure about not getting a direct say in the matter. Although the commissioners did not get to vote on the agreement, it is their responsibility to come up with the needed funds.

"The purpose of this meeting is to inform and explain the Memorandum of Agreement that has been signed by (Shelby County) Mayor (Mark H.) Luttrell, (Juvenile Court) Judge (Curtis) Person and the Department of Justice, " said Brooks in a release announcing the Town Hall meeting.

"I think it is very important that you know how your tax dollars are being proposed to be spent and by whom."

Brooks also said she particularly is interested in getting citizen feedback about the settlement.

For more information: Commissioner Henri E. Brooks – 901-857-6443.

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