Stephen Bush – The Urban Summit 2013
Stephen C. Bush is the architect of The Jericho Project, one of the most innovative jail diversion programs in the country for people with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Bush is a national expert on the topic and has spoken at numerous conferences in the decade since Jericho began.
Born in Brooklyn, Bush grew up in the South the son of an Episcopal priest and a public school teacher. After graduating from the University of Memphis School of Law, he joined the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, where he has served for more than 20 years. In 2010, Bush was appointed the 10th Public Defender of Shelby County and now leads the largest criminal defense law firm in Tennessee.
He is married to the Rev. Katherine M. Bush, the chaplain at St Mary’s Episcopal School. They attend Grace St Luke’s Episcopal Church and have been active in several Memphis congregations including Calvary, the Church of the Holy Communion, and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Bush was active in parish and diocesan youth ministry for more than a decade and led numerous mission trips for youth to live and work among the Lakota in South Dakota. They have two children and live in Midtown Memphis.
Listen to Stephen’s breakout session below, followed by the video showed during that session:
Criminal Justice Breakout Session