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Jacksonville, Tampa Prosecutors Pursue Aggressive Reform Agendas With Public Support


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two grey-haired men listened silently in Courtroom 505 of the Duval County Courthouse on March 28 as Judge Angela M. Cox uttered the words that they’d waited the better part of 50 years to hear: “The indictments against you have been dismissed and you are free to go.” After spending more than 42 years in prison for murder and attempted murder, with that pronouncement Nathan...

Florida’s Bail System Hasn’t Changed in Jacksonville

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Michael Mills had run-ins with the law in his younger, wilder days. Now he is 43, an automotive repairman and father of four who lives in Baldwin, Fla., a quasi-independent municipality in Jacksonville. He thought that was all far behind him until he was arrested in September 2018 on felony charges of impersonating a police officer. As a small business owner, he had the means to pay a bail bonds...

Many Justice Reforms Are Proposed for Florida’s Legislative Session; Will Any Survive?


By Deirdra Funcheon  Thanks to decades of tough-on-crime policies, Florida now has the third-largest prison population in the United States — nearly 100,000 people, including more minors than any other state. Florida requires people to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences and has abolished parole. All this costs taxpayers $2.4 billion per year.  In the 1980s and 1990s, the crack epidemic...

Florida’s new governor keeps surprising everyone. What could that mean for criminal justice reform?

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Editor’s note: Jaxlookout is partnering with The Center For Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University to produce a series of articles that focus on Criminal Justice. This article, while not specific to Jacksonville, provides statewide context and examines recent announcements by new Governor Ron DeSantis which are relevant to the discussion. Further articles will follow. This story was...

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