Missouri judge education to include racial bias training

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri’s chief justice says judges will receive bias training following reports of racial disparity in the handling of some juvenile cases.

Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge said in her State of the Judiciary address Wednesday to lawmakers that the training will be included in judicial education programs.

The U.S. Department of Justice last year released a report finding that black youths were subjected to harsher treatment in St. Louis County juvenile cases.

Breckenridge also touted changes made to local courts following another federal report that found Ferguson’s municipal court practices were profit-driven. That review followed the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014.

Since then, the Supreme Court issued a rule to require more time for people who are unable to pay big municipal court fines.