Primary 2020: Public Defender

For the first time in 30 years, Knox County voters will elect a new attorney to represent indigent defendants in court.

Breaking Out

Knox County detention facility

Gov. Bill Lee’s criminal justice task force says the state needs to reform everything from sentencing guidelines to mental health services. Will the governor follow through?

Cracking the Jailhouse Door

knox county detention facility

The Knox County Sheriff’s pretrial release program has doubled its caseload this year, keeping hundreds more people out of jail. Is it enough?

The Defender

Mark Stephens and Eric Lutton

Mark Stephens is stepping down after 29 years of fighting for the poorest defendants in Knox County, both in and outside the courtroom.