Shelby jail won't hold people under 48-hour holds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Shelby County jail will no longer hold people for up to 48 hours if they haven't been charged after state judges said police were violating the constitution for holding people without probable cause.

Sheriff's spokesman Chip Washington said in a statement on Friday that because the General Sessions Court will no longer hold probable cause hearings for detention orders, the jail will no longer accept prisoners being held for detention.

The Memphis Police Department did not respond to a request for comment from The Commercial Appeal.

Earlier this month, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals said in overturning a murder conviction that the police's practice of detaining a suspect for up to 48 hours while they gather evidence was unconstitutional.

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