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

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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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Duval County Democrat Audrey Gibson is pushing a measure that would make state attorney and public defender non-partisan offices.  

Florida Channel

A bill building on past reforms to Florida’s prison system is continuing to take shape.

MGN Online

The state’s court system will be a top priority next year in Florida’s criminal justice budget. That’s what a group of Florida lawmakers have vowed to do.

Florida Department of Corrections

More than a third of the nation’s death sentences were given out in just 1 percent of counties last year —and three of the top-sentencing districts are in Florida. That’s according to a new national study. But prosecutors from one of those Florida districts say the study is misleading.

Bill Aims To Keep Lawyers In Public Sector

Sep 25, 2013


It’s the second time Broward Democrat James Waldman has filed a bill allowing the state to pay for its public defenders and state attorney’s student loan debt. If the measure becomes law, any public defender or state attorney that works for Florida for three to six years would have their loans paid off directly. Waldman said because most lawyers incur massive debt after law school, many don’t have a choice but to flee to the private sector.

Regan McCarthy

If you can’t afford a lawyer in Florida, as in the rest of the country, you get assigned one – often a public defender.  But when public defenders go up against state attorneys, is it a fair fight?  The amount of money spent by the state on each side of the ledger is anything but equal.

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A little less than ten weeks ago, 8-year old Cherish Perrywinkle’s abduction and death at the hands of registered sexual predator Donald Smith made national headlines.  It also prompted the Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper to run an investigative series looking at the number of released offenders who reoffend.

That series led Fernandina Beach State Representative Janet Adkins to call a town hall meeting in Jacksonville earlier this week. She said as a parent and a public servant she wants to see more done to strengthen current statutes.