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Memphis looks for ways to keep more people out of jail — whether or not they can afford bond

from Memphis Commercial Appeal

Sitting in the back of a Shelby County General Sessions courtroom in late August, Tarshea Merriweather watched closely each time the door opened so a detainee could come out to face the judge. Court had started later than the scheduled 9 a.m. and Merriweather was worried that she'd have to move her car and miss her godson's first appearance. Anfrenie Shaw, a young man she calls "Peanut," was charged with possession of burglary tools, a misdemeanor. more


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