Judge Strikes Down Juvenile Sex Offender Classifications

A Franklin circuit judge strikes down Kentucky's system for classifying and housing juveniles who commit sex offenses.

Judge Phillip Shepherd wrote in his ruling that in some cases, youth with mental retardation are being forced to participate in programs even though it is impossible for them to benefit.

Shepherd also found the Ky. Juvenile Justice Dept. has exceeded its authority in creating a system where youth who commit even minor offenses are required to undergo long-term treatment.

The justice department issued a statement saying that it disagrees with the ruling and is exploring other options.

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