Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge.

Meribah Knight, Nashville Public Radio, and Ken Armstrong, ProPublica undertook investigative reporting of the juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Their article describes the actions of Judge Donna Scott Davenport who “oversees a juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee, with a staggering history of jailing children. She said kids must face consequences, which rarely seem to apply to her or the other adults in charge.” Her system snared children as young as 7-years-old. Where else in this country are such hideous violations of common decency taking place? Click here to read the complete report.

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