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Criminal Justice

by Laruen Victoria Burke -- On the night of February 16, the Chicago Police Department announced that their investigation into the alleged hate attack on actor Jussie Smollett had “shifted.”  The actor was allegedly attacked by two men in the early morning hours of January 29 in Chicago.  Smollett has been...
by Adrian Sainz -- A judge set a trial date Friday for Billy Ray Turner, who faces weapons charges in connection with former NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s slaying, while also casting doubt about whether the separate murder trial in the high-profile case requires a change of venue. Shelby County Criminal Court...
by Kimberlee Kruesi -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican lawmakers on Monday introduced legislation limiting the powers of community oversight boards just months after Democratic-leaning Nashville passed a referendum establishing such a group to investigate police misconduct claims. State Rep. Michael Curcio, the Republican sponsoring the bill, says the proposal...
Mass incarceration of African Americans in Memphis and Shelby County has “kept us in poverty,” according to Dr. Demetria Frank, associate professor of law at the University of Memphis and executive director of Project MI (Mass Incarceration). “Putting people in jail keeps us in poverty by creating employment obstacles, income...
NASHVILLE — A Tennessee chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police plans to spend thousands of dollars to boost public support for a white police officer charged with first degree murder in the death of an armed black man. Nashville Officer Andrew Delke shot 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick from behind during...
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PARK CITY, Utah — In an early scene in Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, the death row inmate whom Aldis Hodge expertly brings to life is allowed outside for some solo time. His hands are cuffed behind him as he slips them inside an opening in the door, and a prison...
Building a new youth justice center is not a done deal yet, but the Shelby County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to move the proposal into an initial phase of design and construction. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was backed by a significant presence of supporters who asked the board...
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and JONATHAN MATTISE --  NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Lee on Friday said he has no reason to be concerned about private companies running prisons in Tennessee but says he also hasn’t analyzed the situation to see if a red flag might turn up. The new governor told reporters...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris waged a full-court press for support of his newly proposed Juvenile Justice Education Center at this year’s first meeting of the Memphis Branch  NAACP on Thursday evening. It worked. President Deidre Malone asked for a motion and second right there on the spot for the...
The Shelby County Commission on Monday sent a $1.3 million design proposal for a new juvenile justice facility back to committee after most members determined there were still questions to be answered before proceeding with the project. The Juvenile Justice and Education Center would include housing, educational and recreational components....