Judge Melissa Blackburn

is a Nashville native who knows our hometown and understands our needs. She has seen Nashville flourish and grow into one of America’s great cities.

Melissa understands that a growing city means new and different challenges for our justice system. Eight years ago, she chose to bring her experiences, both inside the courtroom and in the community, to serve us.

News About Judge Blackburn

Veterans Courts Get State Funding; Hamilton County Working On Program

TheChattanooga.com Friday, June 12, 2015

Tennessee now has the nation’s only funding mechanism to create and sustain Veterans Courts that uniquely serve veterans with tailored programming as part of their sentencing.
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7 graduate from Davidson Co. Mental Health Court

POSTED BY CHUCK MORRIS (WSMV) POSTED JUN 21, 2018

It’s a structured program giving people a chance to overcome legal issues related to mental health challenges.
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A mother's grief turns into a Judge's inspiration

Brad Schmitt The Tennessean Published 10:00 p.m. CT Jun. 18, 2017 Updated 5:48 a.m. CT Jun. 19, 2017

Nashville Judge Melissa Blackburn still hurts deeply from the loss of her teen daughter, but she uses the pain to generate empathy for defendants in her mental health court.
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When mental illness leads to an arrest, this court steps in

Anita Wadhwani The Tennessean Published 10:00 p.m. CT Jul. 28, 2018 Updated 10:22 p.m. CT Jul. 28, 2018

"You want to get them out of jail so they stay out," Blackburn said. "I don't want them back."
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It's time to reevaluate the way Tennessee approaches the justice system

Melissa Blackburn - Guest Columnist Published March 9, 2020

Attitudes are now changing to re-imagine how we utilize the resources available to turn the justice system to a pathway toward restoration, rather than just a tool for punishment.
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Davidson County judge explains intercepting the dangerously mentally ill

by Dennis Ferrier Tuesday, April 24th 2018

Davidson County’s mental health court provides a great snapshot of recovery.
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