Opinion: The Shelby County Jail’s ‘long and shameful history’

By , Guest Columnist Published: March 20, 2023 4:00 AM CT
Guest Columnist

Bill Powell

Bill Powell worked in the criminal justice system in Shelby County for 39 years. At the time of his retirement, he served as criminal justice coordinator for Shelby County Government and as settlement agreement coordinator for Shelby County Government and the U.S. Department of Justice.

“In the past couple years, the Jail has seen troublesome population increases and has left key positions vacant ... the family of Gershun Freeman has called for a DOJ investigation into his homicide.”


Shelby County Jail Bill Powell Gershun Freeman


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