about Just City

 Serve. Reform. Advocate.

Just City​ was founded in 2015 by a group of activists, attorneys, and civic leaders. Our mission ​is to advance policies and programs within Shelby County and the State of Tennessee that strengthen the right to counsel and mitigate the damage caused to families and neighborhoods as a result of contact with the criminal justice system. Our vision ​is to be a powerful, independent voice to support the individuals, children, and families who are, or have been in contact with, the criminal justice system; to advocate for strong, consistent adult and children’s right to counsel policies; and to accelerate community-driven solutions to the problems presented by the criminal justice system.

Specifically, Just City wants to:

Reduce contact with the criminal justice system, especially among juveniles, by

    • Improving police techniques and relationships
    • Increasing access to diversion programs

Reduce jail populations by

    • Bolstering public defender systems
    • Reforming bail bond

Reduce prison populations by

    • Reforming sentencing

Heal people and neighborhoods after incarceration by

    • Expunging and sealing records
    • Restoring rights and freedoms
    • Increasing access to jobs, housing, counseling, financial literacy, and other resources

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