St. Louis County Family Court nearly compliant with DOJ

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ Five years after the U.S. Department of Justice raised concerns about constitutional rights violations for juveniles _ especially blacks _ in St. Louis County Family Court, the court is in near full-compliance with Justice Department recommendations.

The court on Wednesday released findings of a Justice Department audit showing that among 45 categories, the court lacks full compliance only in the area of staff training, which is in partial compliance.

The audit was compiled for the Justice Department by a retired judge who met with parents of children involved in the court, judges, court staff, juvenile officers and court-appointed lawyers.

The investigation began in 2013 and was unrelated to the unrest in the St. Louis County town of Ferguson that followed the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.