True Story Pictures began the Voices of Jericho project in 2004, documenting the stories of individuals with serious mental illness who had been involved with the criminal justice system in Memphis, TN. These individuals were participants in The Jericho Project, a jail diversion program operated by the Shelby County Public Defender's Office.
Following the success of Voices of Jericho: Stories of Jail Diversion (2005), the True Story Pictures team began documenting other voices connected to this struggle. With fiscal sponsorship from the Southern Documentary Fund, we followed a young man named Rico Ross as he was released from jail back into the community (click on "Films" to watch). Other voices include national experts, who were interviewed at the 2010 GAINS conference in Orlando, FL (click on "National Voices" to watch).
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We established this site to present these voices and other footage that we are capturing as we continue to document the issues that affect people with serious mental illness, as well as the state of indigent defense and criminal justice systems across the country that are dealing with these issues.
This is a great overview of how our country has historically dealt with serious mental illness - and how we got to where we are now. Part I (above) runs 10 minutes. Part II (below) runs 3:48.