Sessions’ Withdrawal of Justice Department Manuals on DMC Leaves States ‘Directionless’ [jjie.org]

 

Seven documents juvenile justice agencies used to track disproportionate arrests of minority youth and compliance with other rules were among the two dozen federal guidance documents the Justice Department recently disavowed, sparking questions and concern across the field.

Those documents were part of the batch of two dozen that Attorney General Jeff Sessions pulled back last week. While Obama administration guidelines in support of affirmative action in college admissions grabbed the headlines, the list also includes manuals for keeping teens separated from adults in custody and reducing disproportionate minority contact (DMC) with police, as well as outlining record-keeping requirements for status offenses like possessing alcohol as a minor.

The documents were written to help state and local authorities comply with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which is facing reauthorization in Congress this year. But Sessions called them “unnecessary and improper,” arguing that they amounted to new regulations imposed “without any public notice or comment period.”

[For more on this story by Matt Smith, go to https://jjie.org/2018/07/11/se...tates-directionless/]

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