500 days in jail: Shelby County routinely keeps people locked up, without trial, for more than a year

By  and , Daily Memphian Updated: October 09, 2022 9:54 AM CT | Published: October 09, 2022 4:00 AM CT

Despite the U.S. Constitution’s sixth amendment guaranteeing a right to a speedy trial, Shelby County’s legal system can leave defendants in limbo for years. And it comes at a cost of millions and millions of dollars. 


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Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler is an investigative reporter for The Daily Memphian. He previously worked at the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan and Herald-Citizen.

Shera Avi-Yonah

Shera Avi-Yonah is an enterprise freelance intern for The Daily Memphian. She has previously reported for Bloomberg News and the American Prospect.


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