The Jericho Project


Shelby County Jericho Project

Shelby County's Jericho Project began in 1998 as a non-specialty court approach to jail diversion for detainees with serious mental illness. The Jericho Project implements best practice transition planning to bridge the gap between justice systems and long term mainstream community services and supports.

In the spring of 2009 Shelby County, Tennessee expanded the Jericho Project jail diversion program. The Jericho Project brings together resources from governemnt and the community to follow the APIC model of dealing with special needs defendants who have incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail system.
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William Powell
Justice Coordinator

Stephen Bush
Supervising Public Defender and Program Director

Kena Vassar
Mental Health Coordinator

William Robilio
Asst. Public Defender

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