Judge Bell is on the Front Lines of Criminal Justice Reform

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Native Nashvillian creates history making initiatives as a judge for the citizens of Davidson County. By Tribune Staff Eight years ago, Judge Bell said she would serve the community “ON” and “OFF” the bench.  Well, she has done just that.  She was elected during a special election in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. Since that time, as the Presiding Judge for General Sessions Court, Division VIII (8) she has heard 168,516 criminal cases; 26,533 civil cases; 8,303 traffic cases and 3,159 emergency mental health committal hearings.  In 2012, Judge Bell started the State of Tennessee’s first Community Court focused on preventative, restorative, and diversionary justice centered on the concept that “Justice does NOT stop at the courthouse steps!”  Her vision for the court was to do all it can to help break the playground to prison pipeline; to restore and rehabilitate lives by using its power and resources to move the needle for marginalized people.  The name of the Court is the Music City Community Court and currently, the court has its permanent and dedicated space in Zip Code 37208 at the McGruder Center in a room she named the Bordeaux North Community Justice Center. Judge Bell shared, “I am...