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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 […]

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Why the Local Media Association is partnering with The Tributary

The Local Media Association, a trade group of news organizations, announced it is partnering with The Tributary, offering $35,000 as well as coaching, assistance and a fiscal sponsorship agreement as The Tributary launches this year. LMA’s CEO, Nancy Lane, said she believes The Tributary’s business model — a nonprofit news organization designed to collaborate with […]

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2020 in numbers, a brief review

Happy New Year, friends. I’m going to keep this post relatively short and focus on a few numbers from 2020. Support The Tributary 2020 saw the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shoot the most people in a decade, with police shooting 14 people, killing nine. Eight of those shot by police were Black, while four were white […]

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How to rig democracy in Jacksonville

Maps, maps, maps Jacksonville’s redistricting in the coming months will shape how the city handles racial equity, poverty, crime and nearly every major lever of public policy in the next decade. Unlike the state legislature, which is barred from partisan gerrymandering due to constitutional amendments that passed in 2010, the city is not under similar […]