On behalf of the Countywide Juvenile Justice Consortium, I would like to invite you to join us on May 16th at 6 pm (online) for our first Townhall Series discussion for the year. Our first town hall will focus on the new youth detention center that is currently being designed and built for Shelby County.  

The evening will include a question and answer session with several local elected officials, community stakeholders, and community experts. The goal of this event is to create transparency around the building process and create space for those in the community who are directly impacted to ask questions of our community leaders. We will also hear from youth who are working to create change around this issue in Memphis!  

We kindly ask that you register for the event here, and then the zoom event link will be emailed to you. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me directly at Mahalburr@gmail.com. Please feel free to share this invite with anyone else that you think might be interested in attending. 

We hope that you will be able to join us for a great conversation about youth detention in Shelby County as we also explore alternatives to these types of facilities!


The CJJC was originally designed to be a community outreach program reporting on the progress of Juvenile Court of Memphis & Shelby County in meeting its obligations under the 2012 Memorandum of Agreement between the United States Department of Justice, Shelby County Government, and Juvenile Court of Memphis & Shelby County.  In October 2018, the Department of Justice announced its termination of the Memorandum of Agreement.
The Shelby County Board of Commissioners, Mayor Lee Harris, Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr., and Juvenile Court Judge Dan H. Michael  agreed that the work of the CJJC should move forward after the Agreement ended, and supported a re-organization and reconstitution of the CJJC.  The CJJC is comprised of up to seven community advocates or experts in areas relevant to juvenile justice issues, including individuals who have interacted with the Court and/or parents, guardians, or mentors of individuals who have interacted with the Court.  Community members are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.  The CJJC membership also includes the County’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator (or equivalent) and a representative of the Shelby County Government Division of Community Services – Office of Justice Initiatives, both of whom of are employees of Shelby County Government and serving in a non-voting capacity.
While the CJJC still conducts widely-publicized meetings every year in order to hear from our community, its focus now also includes the collection of information regarding the experiences of families who participate in the juvenile justice system, discussions with the Judge of Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County and the Shelby County Sheriff (or their designees) regarding their operations, policies, and perceived patterns and trends, as well as making recommendations to elected officials regarding program plans and priorities in juvenile justice institutions and facilities.  The CJJC provides community feedback to elected officials and works toward reducing youth contact with the criminal justice system.
Please let us know if you have information or concerns you would like to share with us!

Follow us on the CJJC Facebook page or email us at cjjc@shelbycountytn.gov

Countywide Juvenile Justice Consortium Members

Mahal Burr
Zahra Chowdhury
Rebecca Davis
Natalie McKinney
Cardell Orrin
Jennifer Turchi

Non-Voting Members
TBD, Office of Mayor Lee Harris
TBD, Division of Community Services, Office of Justice Initiatives

Shelby County Government Contacts

Legal Advisor:  Jessica Indingaro (901) 222-2124

Apply to Be a Member:

Contact Frankie Dakin at frankie.dakin@shelbycountytn.gov with any questions about the application process.


The Consortium holds bimonthly meetings that are open to the public.