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The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it is launching an investigation into the St. Louis County Family Court.

The Justice Department is looking into whether the court is depriving juveniles of their constitutional rights.

The department says the focus will be on whether the court provides the required due process for all children appearing for delinquency proceedings, and whether the court provides juveniles equal protection regardless of race.

In a statement released Monday, Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said, “Protecting the constitutional rights of all children appearing in court is critical to achieving our goals of improving juvenile courts, increasing the public’s confidence in the juvenile justice system and maintaining public safety.” 

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