criminal justice

From left to right: FIU professor Besiki Kutateladze, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Davis, and State Attorney Melissa Nelson.
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State Attorney Melissa Nelson, who represents much of the First Coast, said Tuesday a new report on prosecutorial effectiveness and fairness shows that race and ethnicity were not a significant factor in the cases handled by her office.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams (left) and State Attorney Melissa Nelson (right).
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People from more than 38 Duval County religious congregations are expected to come together Monday night to push city officials on criminal justice reform at the Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office and in public schools.

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Floridians are more open to reforming the state’s criminal justice system than ever, according to a new poll.

Even once-reliable tough on crime voting blocs are turning the corner.

Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Chelsea Murphy (01:11) from Right on Crime about prison reform in Florida. The latest segment of “Moveable Feast” featured Anita Comiskey (25:26) and her product Amelia Toffee, and 5 & Dime founding member Craig Leavitt and Shortstack Theatre Company co-artistic directors Emily Suarez and Avery Sedlacek (36:27) talked about their upcoming summer acting camps. / Edward Waters College

Students at Raines and Ribault high schools on Jacksonville’s Northside will be able to take college-level criminal justice classes in the fall taught by professors from Edward Waters College.

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A former inmate has turned his life around by using art to spotlight issues in the state’s criminal justice system.

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In her first public appearance as state attorney Monday, Melissa Nelson reiterated her campaign promise of restoring the public’s confidence in Northeast Florida’s criminal justice system.

Nelson admitted the challenge of changing the office’s culture will be an exacting task, but that she had a specific blueprint to accomplish that goal.

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Jacksonville progressive groups say State Attorney Angela Corey’s approach to juvenile justice should disqualify her from holding public office.

The coalition is calling on Governor Rick Scott to remove her.

young man under arrest
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Bills are moving in the House and Senate that would limit the ability of Florida prosecutors to charge juvenile offenders as adults, a legal practice known as "direct file."

Each measure has passed one committee, and they could be on a collision course, turning on the question of how much discretion prosecutors should have in such cases.

State Attorney Angela Corey joins us to discuss her reelection campaign as well as the concept of "smart justice" in the criminal justice system.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds Florida leading the nation in inmates who “max out” their sentences — serving 100 percent of their time and being released with no supervision beyond the prison gates.


Not so long ago Disney villains were truly terrifying. At the top of that list was, of course, Maleficent.

The Washington Post's "The Watch" provides a chilling look inside Florida's execution chamber from a reporter who witnessed decades of state decreed deaths.

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A new peer-reviewed study finds that inmates leaving prison have used the power of spirituality successfully to avoid going back to a life of crime.


2013 marked an uptick for homicides in Jacksonville, and the new year began with a string of shootings.

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Edward Waters College cut the ribbon today on its new Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Center.

In addition to classrooms, the $2.6 mil building will also house a police substation. Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says the facility will serve as a crime deterrent.

“There are 240 officers that will be calling that building home. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to increase our physical presence day in and day out, in that area around EWC,” he said.