JACKSON, Miss.—Hinds County Youth Court Judge Carlyn Hicks’ first juvenile-delinquency case in July 2020 involved a 12-year-old girl who came into her courtroom in shackles that summer. “She sat at the witness table in front of the bench alone,” Hicks recalled as she addressed a captive audience at an event held on Nov. 17, 2022, at the Henley-Young-Patton Juvenile Justice Center.
“She looked up at me with fear in her eyes and uncertainty. Her attorney was present, but his table was several feet away from her to my right,” Hicks said during her “2022 State of the Child in Hinds County” report.
“Her charge was disturbing the family peace; the fact was that she poured grease on the kitchen floor, and she missed the bus,” the judge continued. “This child had the police called on her for this. They arrested her. They put her in the back of the police car. She was booked to the detention center for disturbing the family peace.”
The youth court judge, who ran unopposed
By: Kayode Crown
Title: Hinds County Youth Court Judge Carlyn Hicks Says Court Has Made Progress in Two Years
Sourced From: www.mississippifreepress.org/29301/judge-children-no-longer-shackled-in-courtroom-touts-transformative-change
Published Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2022 21:05:46 +0000
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