criminal justice

A Tallahassee Police officer is on administrative leave after shooting at a burglary suspect. According to the Tallahassee Police Department, the shooting happened on Mission Road at 9:47 Monday night.

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The Florida Legislature has agreed to allow certain Florida officials to visit the state’s juvenile justice facilities. It’s now heading to the Governor’s desk.

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

The attorney for a former Tallahassee Police Officer argues his client had consensual sex with a motorist he’s accused of assaulting during a February traffic stop. Vincent Crump had his first appearance in a Leon County Courtroom Thursday.

Wakulla County Sheriff's office

All three inmates who escaped the Wakulla County Jail In November have been captured.  The last two were found in Arizona and New Mexico.

Florida Supreme Court
Nick Evans

A Tallahassee defense lawyer finds it absurd that he has to disclose which experts he might call on in his case to the prosecutor. Current legal procedure forces attorneys working pro bono cases to do so.

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

Former Tallahassee Police Officer Vincent Crump is under arrest and charged with three felony counts of sexual battery. It comes a week and a half after he was fired for allegedly assaulting a woman during a traffic stop.

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Momentum has stalled for a bill that would have allowed human trafficking victims to sue hotels that do not take action and train employees to prevent such atrocities. The measure’s sponsor isn’t saying why she pulled the plan.

Florida Channel

With no traction in the Florida House, a bill aiming to help those who say they survived abuse at the infamous Dozier school for Boys appears to be dead.

2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell
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The state attorney’s office says it doesn’t want to rush an investigation into a now-former Tallahassee police officer accused of sexually assaulting a motorist. Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell says the allegation is serious.

TPD Chief Mike DeLeo speaking to reporters after the probable cause affidavit in the Dan Markel case was unsealed.
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The Tallahassee Police Department has fired one of its officers after receiving a report he sexually assaulted a motorist during a traffic stop. TPD says the victim identified the officer as Vincent Crump. 

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A bill allowing certain Florida officials to make announced and unannounced visits to the state’s juvenile justice facilities is now heading to the House floor.

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A bill allowing Florida prison officials to recruit more young correctional officers is continuing to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature.

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If Florida lawmakers don’t do anything policy wise soon, the state’s prison population could increase. That’s according to a report commissioned by the Florida Senate to promote the need for prison reform.

Florida State University

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker declared Florida’s process of restoring felon’s civil rights unconstitutional. Walker criticized the “absolute veto authority” Governor Rick Scott has on the process, and has ordered a permanent remedy be in place by February 12th. Andrew Quintana recently sat down with the Program Director for Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Mark Schlakman. The two discussed Florida’s current restoration process and what changes Governor Scott and the cabinet, which make up the state clemency board, can make by the deadline.  

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Florida lawmakers are working to create a centralized location for criminal justice data statewide.

Florida Channel

A bill opening the door to allow survivors of the infamous Dozier School for Boys to be later compensated unanimously passed its first committee Monday. That’s the now-closed North Florida reform school where former wards say they were physically and sexually abused decades ago.

MGN Online

About $5 million separates the Florida House and Senate’s criminal justice budget. But, while there are some differences, there are areas where both chambers agree.

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Florida lawmakers want more people to be able to report drug or alcohol overdoses without fear of retaliation. The effort comes after the high-profile death of a college student, and as the state’s opioid-related deaths continue to rise.

MGN Online

Florida lawmakers are already moving forward a bill to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. The measure aims to address abuses within the system outlined in a Miami Herald investigative series.

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Should inmates be criminally charged when cell phones are found on their person? In Florida prisons, that can occur. But, in county jails, not so much. During a recent legislative debate, lawmakers discussed a bill making it illegal for local jail inmates to have cell phones within the facilities.

Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)
Florida House of Representatives

Shortly after lawmakers gavel in the 2018 session they’ll start working on measures in committee.  A Senate Criminal Justice panel will take up a raft of reforms including Sen. Randolph Bracy’s (D- Ocoee) bill raising the threshold for felony theft.

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Floridians have until Sunday to file a claim against three rental car companies for wrongfully charging them for its e-Toll services.

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Fighting contraband has been an ongoing issue within the state’s prison system. Florida’s prison chief is exploring some innovative ideas to address that issue.

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The costs to settle outstanding prison lawsuits could mean less money to spend on Florida Department of Corrections’ priorities. That’s the message from the new Florida Senate Budget chair.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office

A bill funding a unique facility to help solve cold cases is starting to move forward in the Florida House.

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