Jail

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City of Jacksonville

A 37-year-old woman in jail on a child neglect charge and a 63-year-old man who police said took a swing at an officer after making threats at the bus station died Tuesday in unrelated incidents at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office's pre-trial detention center.

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Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

A 40-year-old Jacksonville woman with mental illnesses is still missing after she was released from the Duval County Jail on Aug. 5.  

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Florida Department of Corrections

A deal on the state's public-safety budget that lawmakers reached late Friday would not give the Department of Corrections the 734 additional positions the agency says are necessary to make Florida's prisons more secure.

The new jobs were part of an effort by the department to have corrections officers work eight-hour shifts instead of 12-hour shifts. The department has been reeling from a series of reports about issues such as contraband smuggling and abuse of inmates.

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Ashton Elder

A program is helping reduce chronic homelessness in Northeast Florida while saving taxpayers money.


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News4Jax

Update (2:50 p.m. on Dec. 31): A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman says the death investigation is ongoing, and an internal investigation will follow if wrongdoing is found. 

The original article is below: 

A man who was declared brain dead earlier this month after being shocked with a Taser gun by Jacksonville officers and placed in a restraint chair has died.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s mental-health providers are brainstorming how to better serve prison and jail inmates despite small budgets.

Mental health providers and law-enforcement officers met Thursday and Friday to talk about the intersection of mental illness and criminal justice. The two-day event was meant to help identify gaps in service and how to bridge them.

Christine Cauffield is Executive Director at Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems. She says low funding is a persistent barrier.

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Many Duval County jail inmates live with mental illness, but the county struggles to provide enough mental-health services. That’s why local officials are hoping the state Legislature can help.  

A Jacksonville lawmaker is proposing one solution: Keep more criminals with mental illness from getting locked up in the first place.

Psychiatric nurse Lynnette Kennison remembers a particularly challenging day at the Duval County Pre-Trial Detention Center. That's the main jail in downtown Jacksonville.

Rhema Thompson / WJCT

At age 17, Antjuan Kimbrough considered himself worthless. With two kids, he had no diploma, no father-figure and no future.