We operate with this core belief

“You are not the worst thing you’ve ever done.”

You served your time. Now it’s time for a clean slate.

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Serve • Reform • Advocate

Our Mission

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.”

Our History

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.

Got Questions About Your Case? You May Qualify for Help.




Got Questions About Your Case?
You May Qualify for Help.



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