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Labor Day Arrests in Pensacola, Florida

August 27th, 2019

Labor Day 2019 will be on Monday, September 2nd. Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated every year on the first Mon…

Medical Marijuana Patients Can Now Smoke Cannabis in Florida

April 25th, 2019

In 2016, more than 70 percent of Florida residents voted in favor of medical marijuana in the state. But when then-…

Operation Varsity Blues: Parents & Coach to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

March 31st, 2019

All news and media outlets have been taken over with coverage regarding the college admissions scandal, codenamed O…

Superbowl DUI’s: Substantial Spike in Drunk Driving Numbers on Superbowl Sunday

February 6th, 2019

There are a few things that are clear about drunk driving on Superbowl Sunday: There is an overall spike in DUI’s…

Fight for your right to party … or trespass?

May 21st, 2018

The house was supposed to be vacant, the owner says. The partygoers in a poor neighborhood in the District of Colum…

Majority 54: Restoring the right to vote in Florida with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

May 18th, 2018

A movement has been underway in Florida to help convicted, nonviolent felons who have served their time restore som…

A stun belt can’t be used as punishment for not answering questions, appeals court rules

March 8th, 2018

A defendant in Texas had his conviction thrown out on appeal after a judge used a stun belt — normally outfitted …

Important read: ‘The Perverse Power of the Prosecutor’

March 5th, 2018

Legislators write the laws, and law enforcement (as the name implies) enforces them. But the role of prosecutors pl…

A move to fix the cash bond system is underway

March 3rd, 2018

The idea of a cash bond system — wherein you can stay out of jail while your case makes its way through the syste…

Poll finds Floridians in favor of recreational marijuana, restoring felons’ rights

February 27th, 2018

A poll from released in February conducted by the University of North Florida found that a majority of registered v…

Wrongly imprisoned, a man’s lawsuit exposes failures in one state’s prosecutions

February 23rd, 2018

Why do we think it’s so important to aggressively defend your rights? Because of cases like this. A suspect in a 19…

Learn about proposed changes to the Florida Constitution on Feb. 27

February 20th, 2018

A funny thing about Florida is that we love to change our state Constitution. Instead of treating it as a document …

Legal maneuvers continue after judge declares Florida’s voting rights restoration process illegal

February 13th, 2018

What’s next after a federal judge declared unconstitutional the way Florida’s governor and a panel of his top execs…

Federal judge says the way Florida restores voting rights (or not) to felons is unconstitutional

February 1st, 2018

A federal judge in Tallahassee on Thursday ruled that the way Florida restores voting rights to convicted felons  

State Attorney’s Office launches ‘conviction integrity review unit’ in Jacksonville

January 31st, 2018

Inmates convicted in Florida’s Fourth Judicial District have a new lawyer on their team, and she comes from a surpr…

Tallahassee mayor says ‘Legalize it’

January 28th, 2018

Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, last week tweeted his support of recreational marijuana.

In response to a t…

Norwegian study finds decriminalizing marijuana leads to lower crime rates

January 26th, 2018

A 2015 report from the Norwegian School of Economics says it pretty plainly: Decriminalizing marijuana can lead to …

Pensacola League of Women Voters pushes for juvenile justice reform

January 23rd, 2018

The local chapter of the League of Women Voters is asking the Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission…

Floridians will vote on restoring voting rights to 1.5 million felons in November

January 23rd, 2018

Florida is one of just three states that permanently revokes felons’ right to vote, even after they’ve served their…

Drunken driving standard should be 0.05 percent, nonprofit National Academies recommends

January 22nd, 2018

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has released a new report that recommends lowering the…

Feds given the green light to go after medicinal marijuana

January 5th, 2018

The United States Justice Department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is expected to backtrack on an Obama ad…

Recreational marijuana use unlikely to be on Florida ballots in 2018

January 2nd, 2018

A group seeking to put the possibility of recreational marijuana use before Florida voters in 2018 says it’s more t…

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Florida open-carry case

December 27th, 2017

It’s legal to carry a concealed weapon in Florida, if you’ve got the right permit. But in declining to hear an appe…

Smartphone app aims to help low-income Floridians in Family Court

December 17th, 2017

The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice has released a smartphone application that helps Floridians get e…

Race factors weigh heavy on opioid epidemic, Florida newspaper finds

December 15th, 2017

Ninety percent of opioid deaths and 80 percent of opioid-related convictions in Florida involve whites, the Sarasot…

Two Florida counties are helping juveniles avoid criminal records with citations Share Two Florida counties are helping juveniles avoid criminal records with citations

December 8th, 2017

Orange County and Osceola County in Central Florida saw the number of first-time misdemeanor arrests against juveni…

Government might get new rules regarding your cell phone location data

November 30th, 2017

The United States Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in Carpenter v. United States, the case of whether it’s pr…

Escambia County poised to lead Florida in the number of juveniles charged as adults

November 26th, 2017

Escambia County — home to Pensacola — ranks third for 2015-16 in the number of juvenile offenders charged as ad…

Florida lawmakers look for bipartisan fix for mass incarceration The limit for felony theft in Florida is $300. That’s pretty much the cost of your basic cell phone these days. And that’s the sort of thing that can land lots of people in prison for a very

November 15th, 2017

The limit for felony theft in Florida is $300. That’s pretty much the cost of your basic cell phone these days. And…

Florida Supreme Court asked to decide whether a vehicle can be a weapon

November 7th, 2017

Is a car a weapon, like a gun or knife? Is it just a vehicle? Conflicting appellate decisions have led attorneys to…

Cops thought it was meth, he said it was doughnut glaze

October 16th, 2017

The importance of proper evidence testing — and the importance of challenging such tests — led to a Central Flo…

State senator calls for reform of Florida’s juvenile justice system

October 12th, 2017

Chronic low wages in Florida’s juvenile justice detention centers led to a bizarre system in which detainees were “…

Six-part series details abuse in Florida’s juvenile justice detention facilities

October 12th, 2017

At least 12 questionable deaths since 2000 have occurred in Florida’s juvenile detention facilities — including t…

Can’t pay? You won’t stay – appeals court weighs bail reform case

October 10th, 2017

The inability to pay bail doesn’t meant someone can be locked up in perpetuity, an appeals judge has said. In the p…

Thousands of cases may still be tossed after drug-lab abuse

September 20th, 2017

Thousands of cases still on the books after a drug lab chemist was convicted of stealing and using the drugs from t…

Police reform under Attorney General Jeff Sessions

January 31st, 2017

The incoming Attorney General isn’t considered a fan of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. But policin…

Deaths in Florida prisons reach unprecedented heights

January 20th, 2017

Nobody deserves to die in a prison’s scalding-hot shower room. But three years after that tragic death in Dade Corr…