Florida's criminal justice data debacle, plus today's Jacksonville redistricting meeting

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Florida was going to be a beacon of criminal justice transparency. Instead, it’s almost 3 years behind schedule.

By Andrew Pantazi

August 24, 2021

More than three years after Florida passed a criminal-justice data transparency law that earned national headlines and rave reviews for the state’s politicians, the state agency tasked with actually publishing the data has continued to miss deadlines with no explanation.

Now, the ACLU of Florida has filed suit against the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the hopes that a judge will force the agency, along with all the other agencies involved, to finally comply with the 2018 law.

“When it comes to the CJDT [criminal-justice data transparency] Law, legal mandates, aspirations, and expectations have become divorced from reality,” the lawsuit said. […]

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Speeding up the Jacksonville redistricting timeline

By Andrew Pantazi

August 24, 2021

After last week’s City Council meeting where the Jacksonville Office of General Counsel reported it didn’t think the city could complete redistricting in time for new School Board districts to take effect in 2022, the redistricting special committee has begun to move to a more frequent meeting schedule.

Originally, they scheduled the next meeting for later next month. Now they will meet today at 2 p.m. and then, according to the draft agenda, meet again Sept. 9.

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