Serve • Reform • Advocate
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. We aspire 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.
Our mission will be realized through specific activities, initiatives, and tactics built upon Just City’s three core agendas: Advocate, Serve and Reform. These agendas do not operate in isolation; rather, they complement, inform, and reinforce each other in a methodical way that amplifies our reach and the good we week to do in our community.
“You are a person, not a case number.”
Inspired by the work of the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, Just City was founded in 2015 by a group of activists attorneys, and civic leaders.
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