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Lakesha Burton wants to be Jacksonville’s first Black female sheriff. Five insights from her personnel file.

Lakesha Burton, a 22-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is the first candidate to announce a run to replace current Sheriff Mike Williams. If elected, Burton, a Democrat and current assistant chief at the sheriff’s office, would be the first Black woman to lead the office. Across the country, there are few Black police […]

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is stuffing extra beds to deal with its crowded jails

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office jail population peaked at 22.5 percent over capacity in early March, a stark rise since last year’s short-lived decrease at the start of the pandemic. The rise in the jail population is largely driven by defendants awaiting trial, according to data provided by the law-enforcement agency.  Originally, Duval County’s three jails […]