Op-Ed: Repeal of Smart Legislation Would Cost Shelby County

This article was originally published in the Commercial Appeal on February 26, 2015.  Republished with permission from the Commercial Appeal.  Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom recently published “The Other Fellow Might Be Right,” a delightful account of Senator Howard Baker that celebrates the Tennessee lawyer’s civility and commitment to building systems of governance that stand the test…

Jericho Project Recognized for Social Work Education

Kena Vassar learned the importance of connecting people in the criminal justice system to needed social services on the job — working with Shelby County’s Jericho Project. Since 2008, Kena has been serving people living with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, who often cycle through the justice system repeatedly. She and a team of specialists from the Shelby…

Shelby County’s Jericho Project Wins National ‘Innovations in Criminal Justice’ Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Memphis, TN, 2/20/2015 –  The Shelby County Jericho Project has been chosen as one of eight programs across the country approaching criminal justice challenges in new and effective ways. The recipients of the 2015 “Innovations in Criminal Justice Award” were selected by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) in partnership with the…

Statement on Tennessee HB 241

Proposed State Legislation Would Repeal Local Funding Rule FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Memphis, TN, 2/20/2015 – Tennessee lawmakers have introduced legislation that would repeal T.C.A. 16-2-518, the so-called “75% Rule” for local public defender funding. The rule was established in 1992 and requires that local government provide funding to the public defender at 75% of any funding…

Read with Us in the JustCity Book Club

“Bryan Stevenson is America’s young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all. Just Mercy should be read by people of conscience in every civilized country in the world to discover what happens when revenge and retribution replace justice and mercy. It is as gripping to read as…