A Florida judge signaled uncertainty over Ron DeSantis’ congressional districts after lawyers admitted redrawn districts may violate the state constitution.
This morning, the state of Florida will square off with voting-rights plaintiffs in Tallahassee in a high-stakes battle over the constitutionality of protections for Black voters.
Two Jacksonville legislators called on the Department of Justice to investigate Duval County’s jail after The Tributary found the death rate among inmates tripled after the jail privatized medical care.
If Ron DeSantis gets his way, Florida courts would go further than the U.S. Supreme Court and open the door to Florida’s case being used to dismantle minority voting protections.
As the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office dealt with a surge of jail deaths, its own review of those deaths were “minimal”, failed to meet national standards and took too long, a national accrediting agency told the department in March.
The judge told a city councilman the office was “an incident away from a federal court order.”
So far this year, 11 people have died in Duval County jail, marking the fourth year in a row the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has seen double-digit deaths at the jail under a private medical provider.
Of the 10 deaths, causes are known for two, according to autopsies from the Medical Examiner’s Office. A 35-year-old man died by suicide in March and a 66-year-old man died from complications of tuberculosis.