• A move to fix the cash bond system is underway

      The idea of a cash bond system — wherein you can stay out of jail while your case makes its way through the system — is fine, if it weren't also inherently unfair on socio-economic and racial levels. ...

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    • Can't pay? You won't stay - appeals court weighs bail reform case

      The inability to pay bail doesn't meant someone can be locked up in perpetuity, an appeals judge has said. In the preliminary injunction — which led to the release of some 4,000 people from pretrial ...

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    • Fight for your right to party ... or trespass?

      The house was supposed to be vacant, the owner says. The partygoers in a poor neighborhood in the District of Columbia say the police who broke up the evening of lap dances and drug use had no reason ...

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

      A defendant in Texas had his conviction thrown out on appeal after a judge used a stun belt — normally outfitted in case there's a possibility of violence — as punishment for refusing to answer ...

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

      It's legal to carry a concealed weapon in Florida, if you've got the right permit. But in declining to hear an appeal from a St. Lucie man, the U.S. Supreme Court allows a ban on the open carrying of ...

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

      A funny thing about Florida is that we love to change our state Constitution. Instead of treating it as a document that defines how we govern, it's often used as a means to enact legislation by ...

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    • Important read: 'The Perverse Power of the Prosecutor'

      Legislators write the laws, and law enforcement (as the name implies) enforces them. But the role of prosecutors plays an under-appreciated role in the fight for criminal justice reform. District ...

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    • 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

      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 long ...

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    • Race factors weigh heavy on opioid epidemic, Florida newspaper finds

      Ninety percent of opioid deaths and 80 percent of opioid-related convictions in Florida involve whites, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune found in a recent investigative series. But the policies enacted to ...

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    • When medical marijuana and opioid treatment meet Drug Free Workplace laws

      Florida businesses have a right to be drug-free workplaces. But the introduction of medical marijuana — combined with treatments for opioid addiction — leaves some with questions. Can you be high at ...

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

      The importance of proper evidence testing — and the importance of challenging such tests — led to a Central Florida man being awarded $37,500 after it was determined that "a rock-like substance on the ...

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

      There are a few things that are clear about drunk driving on Superbowl Sunday: There is an overall spike in DUI’s and drunk driving records, and the “winners” are typically consuming more alcohol and ...

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

      The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has released a new report that recommends lowering the threshold for driving under the influence to a BAC of .05 percent — down from the ...

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

      The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice has released a smartphone application that helps Floridians get easy access to information and documents in matters of family law. That includes ...

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    • What Are the Consequences for Crimes Committed by Minors During Spring Break?

      Every spring, thousands of vacationers and tourists make their way to Pensacola to enjoy boating, jet skiing, and other fun Spring Break activities. Although Spring Break is a time to enjoy the beach ...

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    • When Can a Minor Be Charged as an Adult in Florida?

      Waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of your phone ringing and finding out your child has been arrested is a parent’s worst nightmare. After attempting to figure out what your son or ...

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    • PNJ: Pensacola pastor pushes for juvenile justice reform in Tallahassee

      The move to keep juveniles out of the adult court system continues, and a Pensacola pastor was among those pushing for change in the state Capitol last week. From the PNJ: The Rev. Rick Branch, of the ...

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

      A poll from released in February conducted by the University of North Florida found that a majority of registered voters in the state support restoring the right to vote to non-violent convicted ...

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    • Tallahassee mayor says 'Legalize it'

      Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, last week tweeted his support of recreational marijuana. In response to a tweet from Lester Holt of NBC News showing a pull in which 60 percent of respondents said ...

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    • Norwegian study finds decriminalizing marijuana leads to lower crime rates

      A 2015 report from the Norwegian School of Economics says it pretty plainly: Decriminalizing marijuana can lead to lower instances of crime. Drug markets are well known for their violence. However, in ...

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    • State Attorney's Office launches 'conviction integrity review unit' in Jacksonville

      Inmates convicted in Florida's Fourth Judicial District have a new lawyer on their team, and she comes from a surprising source — the State Attorney's Office itself. In what's said to be a first in ...

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

      A poll from released in February conducted by the University of North Florida found that a majority of registered voters in the state support restoring the right to vote to non-violent convicted ...

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

      What's next after a federal judge declared unconstitutional the way Florida's governor and a panel of his top execs restore voting rights to convicted felons? More legal wrangling, of course. Briefs ...

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

      A federal judge in Tallahassee on Thursday ruled that the way Florida restores voting rights to convicted felons — essentially at the whim of a state-run board, including the governor — is ...

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