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Sheriff’s office relieves with pay 5 corrections officers

January 11, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials in Tennessee say five corrections officers have been relieved of duty with pay for “on duty failures” at a juvenile detention center.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said Friday on Twitter that an investigation is ongoing into the purported on-the-job failures. The officers’ names were not released, and no other details were immediately provided.

Mayor Lee Harris has made juvenile justice reform a priority in his first term serving the county that includes Memphis.

County commissioners have approved $1.3 million toward the construction of a new $25 million juvenile justice center. WMC-TV reports that commissioners have also discussed starting oversight of juvenile court, after the Department of Justice ended its years-long oversight of the court in October.

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