Criminal Justice

Sherra Wright and Lorenzen Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, stood a few feet apart in Criminal Court on Thursday and children is what kept the scenario from turning into a crime scene. Wright pleaded guilty on Thursday morning to charges associated with the killing of her ex-husband and Marion’s son almost...
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  Just this year, there have been at least 32 confirmed cases of interstate/highway shootings in Memphis & Shelby County - with a possible 33rd happening just as law enforcement announced a relaunch of “Operation: Grizzly Bear” Wednesday morning. The Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and Tennessee Highway Patrol...
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TSD Editor's Note: Bryan Stevenson was a 2016 recipient of the Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Bryan Stevenson may well be the nation’s most consequential civil rights lawyer since Thurgood Marshall. While Marshall stared down unrepentant racists in Southern courtrooms at a time when inequality...
It's no secret that a major key to Memphis' economic revival will be reducing unemployment – specifically, among those with felony convictions. And Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is putting his signature where his speech is. On Tuesday, after participating in a forum aimed at de-stigmatizing the idea of hiring an...
After 21 years in federal prison, Alice Marie Johnson sprinted across a roadway near where she had been locked up. Waiting were family, friends and social justice warriors. Last Friday and nearly a year later, many of those same people and many others were in Memphis as Johnson danced –...
The University of Memphis will host “A Forum Connecting Memphis-Area Businesses with Sources of Skilled, Qualified Employees Who are Ex-Offenders (An Operation: Safe Community Initiative)” on June 11 from 8 a.m. to noon in the University Center Ballroom. "We hope this forum will provide an opportunity for Memphis area employers...
Alice Marie Johnson, the author of “After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom,” will share her story during a special presentation at the National Civil Rights Museum on June 3. Johnson earned national attention when reality star and business mogul Kim Kardashian West advocated for her release from prison....
NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver’s licenses over unpaid court costs. The Senate on Tuesday advanced a proposal allowing people to still have a restricted driver’s license while they pay off their court fines using a payment...
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By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where three white men dragged a...
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It’s no secret that hate crimes are on the rise since our alleged president was sworn into office. They show up in news reports on a near daily basis. In this latest example, a man in Greenwood, South Carolina, will go down in infamy as one of the worst...