Family uses tragedy to improve the lives of juvenile offenders - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family uses tragedy to improve the lives of juvenile offenders

(Source: Bev Shelley) (Source: Bev Shelley)
(Source: Bev Shelley) (Source: Bev Shelley)
(Source: Bev Shelley) (Source: Bev Shelley)
SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

Tragedy led the family of J.P. Shelley to team up with a local non-profit organization whose main goal is to change the lives of juvenile offenders.

Three teenage gang members killed J.P. Shelley on October 4, 2013, his son’s seventh birthday. This tragedy led his wife and two children to team up with the non-profit organization Juvenile Intervention and Faith-based Followup (JIFF) to create the J.P. for JIFF campaign.

JIFF is the only organization in Memphis that works directly with court-appointed youth who have at least three offenses.

One of the young men accused of killing J.P. Shelley had more than 15 prior offenses before Shelley was murdered. The teenager was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The other two are scheduled to appear in court September 17.

The first year for this fundraiser raised nearly $90,000 for the JIFF organization.

JIFF serves 11 zip codes in Shelby County, but is looking to serve more. Since it is a non-profit organization, only a small portion of the annual budget for JIFF is government funded. The rest comes from churches and individual donors. JIFF is constantly striving to raise money to increase its presence in the community.

To learn more about this fundraiser, click here.

To learn more about the JIFF organization, click here.

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