Some Hold Out Hope Substance Abuse, Reentry Programs For Inmates Will Get Fully Funded

Click Here to Read Online   Some blame the state legislature for not fully funding Florida’s corrections budget. Prison officials say that led to them making some hard choices. Among those choices: cutting funding to programs helpful to inmates trying to transition back into society—as we hear in the last installment …

Civil Citation Programs, Criminal Justice Data Collection Among New Fla. Laws Now In Effect

Click Here to Read Online A new Florida law took effect Sunday requiring the creation of civil citation programs across the state. The civil citation program requirement only applies to juveniles. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) authored that part of the law during this past legislative session. “So, it’s something …

Fresh polling: Jeff Brandes, Janet Cruz lead in battleground state Senate seats; Ed Hooper, Amanda Murphy deadlocked.

Click Here to Read Online.   Poll numbers in two battleground state Senate seats have shifted significantly since last month, while a third race remains essentially deadlocked. In SD 16, the seat previously held by Jack Latvala, Republican Ed Hooper and Democrat Amanda Murphy remain deadlocked, with Hooper at 45 percent and Murphy at 43 percent. …

This database catches fraud. Why doesn’t Walmart want to be in it?

Click Here to Read Online   Florida’s check-cashing industry has been notorious for allowing criminals to commit money laundering, workers-compensation fraud and tax refund schemes. So when state lawmakers in 2013 passed a law requiring licensed check-cashers to report, in real time, the people and checks passing through their doors, law enforcement called it a big step in …