-- Thomas E. Perez (right), Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, quoted by Wall Street Journal reporter Jess Bravin in an article discussing the attention that DOJ is paying to Meridian, Mississippi, where the public schools and the juvenile court are alleged to have a "'very tight relationship.'" Specifically, according to Bravin's report:
Black students cited 'for very minor infractions end up in front of a juvenile judge,' who then sentences them to probation contingent on compliance with school rules, an official said. That way, 'kids who’ve been out of school uniform by wearing the wrong color jacket or shirt' can be sent to juvenile hall for a probation violation. White students allegedly are treated more leniently for similar behavior, officials said.