Shelby County is located in southwestern Tennessee, on the Mississippi river. It is Tennessee’s most populous county, and the home of Memphis.
Shelby County’s Mayor, Sheriff, and Public Defender, along with the Mayor of Memphis, have a long history of cooperation to improve the operation of the criminal justice system. One fruit of this cooperation has been the Jericho Project, a post-booking program that is based on the sequential intercept model and is designed to better serve people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders who were cycling through the criminal justice system.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees a county criminal justice coordinating committee and has both law enforcement and jail operation responsibilities, leads the Safety and Justice Challenge effort.