Shelby County sheriff supports proposal for new juvenile justice center

In a report released Thursday, U.S. Justice Department officials say the Shelby County juvenile...
In a report released Thursday, U.S. Justice Department officials say the Shelby County juvenile justice system discriminates against black children and fails to provide safe conditions for juveniles in custody.
Updated: Jan. 8, 2019 at 4:02 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner is backing a new juvenile justice center in the county.

On Wednesday, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will present a proposal to the county commission for a new $25 million facility. Harris says it’s part of the county’s effort to rehabilitate and give more services to children who are detained.

In a letter to the commission, Bonner said a new education, housing and recreation facility is sorely needed.

“Our vision is to give the youth the skills and confidence to have productive futures, with supportive family, friends or mentors to guide them," writes Bonner.

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