Shelby PD Aids National Project to Help Indigent with Mental Health Issues

Shelby County Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush has been selected to participate in a new initiative of the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit that works closely with governments to improve services related to safety and justice. The institute recently launched a national project to study the role of indigent defense in helping people with mental health disorders. The effort will examine how resource constraints, ethical dilemmas and practical challenges affect the ability of indigent defense attorneys to meet client needs.