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Guest column: Juvenile justice reform needed to improve our community

As a Memphis native, it is heartbreaking to see the challenges faced by our young people. I grew up here, attended Carver High, graduated from Sacred Heart High and Christian Brothers University, and left to start medical school in 1974.

When I returned in 2003, I was shocked at the rates of youth entering our juvenile justice system.

Those of us only indirectly affected by crime are able to take a dismissive stance — it's someone else's problem, a result of poor parenting or the perpetrators simply being "bad kids." When examined with more depth, the lines of good and bad blur, and the ripple effect of youth crime becomes clearer.


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