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About General Weirich

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As Shelby County’s first female District Attorney General, Amy Weirich has brought a new approach to leadership that has led to innovative changes and heightened focus on the victims of crime.  

 

She rose through the ranks of the office and has personally handled thousands of cases. She has seen first-hand the impact that violent crime has on the most vulnerable in our community and she has dedicated her career to designing programs to improve the criminal justice system and prevent crimes from happening in the first place.

 

Here are just a few of the powerful programs Amy Weirich has fostered that are making a difference in the criminal justice system and in our community:   

 

  • Operation Safe Community- chaired 5-year plan (2016-2021) which led to a decrease in overall crime before the pandemic slowed arrests and created a national spike in crime

  • Community Prosecution Unit – assigns senior-level prosecutors to work in MPD precincts with law enforcement and the community to address specific needs of the community. Also divert low level offenders from juvenile court

  • Community Justice Program - an important restorative justice program for low level offenses and offenders utilizing volunteers from the community where the crime occurred to determine how best to restore the community, the victim and the offender

  • Multi Agency Gang Unit - led the first federal, state and local law enforcement organization designed to curb gang activity

  • Mental Health Court – specialty intervention court focused on connecting offenders with mental health issues with appropriate resources.  Upon completion, charges are dismissed and expunged by DA’s office.

  • Veterans Court – specialty intervention court focused on connecting veterans with mentors and resources. Upon completion, charges are dismissed and expunged by DA’s office.

  • Lives Worth Saving-prostitution diversion program

  • Focused Deterrence - lever pulling strategy aimed at those most likely to shoot or be shot at

  • Conduct Review Team - internal committee of prosecutors who review law enforcement excessive force cases for possible criminal charges

  • Officer Involved Shooting Cases - obtained court orders allowing the DA to release entire investigative files to the public. Her office’s work in this area led to change in law

  • Vertical Prosecution - improves services for victims and has cut in half the time for disposition of cases

  • Vulnerable Adult Prosecution Investigative Team - led by the DA’s office, law enforcement and service providers meet regularly to review suspected cases of abuse and neglect against vulnerable adults

  • Special Victims Unit - expanded to investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases 

 

Amy Weirich oversees a staff of 230 —including more than 110 prosecutors. It is the largest team of prosecutors in Tennessee.  She is personally dedicated to making sure she and her team go above and beyond daily to execute justice inside and outside the courtroom.  Her career is a testament to the difference between a prosecutor and a politician.    

 

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She and her husband, Chuck, have 4 children and are active members of St. Louis Catholic Church.