criminal justice

Here comes the Sun: Talking pro women’s soccer in Tampa Bay

The new professional women’s soccer team has a name - Tampa Bay Sun FC-will kick off its inaugural season in August 2024.
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Reentry Simulator gives glimpse into the pain of life after incarceration

As Hillsborough County has nearly 3,000 inmates booked in county jails on any given day, once an inmate is released they face a number of obstacles on their path back to a normal life. I...

Progress Village becomes Florida’s first Black community to build solar microgrid

In Eastern Hillsborough County, Progress Village is claiming the title of the first Black community in Florida to adopt a solar microgrid. A coalition of community leaders met yesterday at Simmon’s-Bowers Park to unveil the...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Thurs., August 10, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Orange County prosecutor suspended Orange County State Attorney Monique Worrell railed against Gov. Ron DeSantis in a press conference yesterday. DeSantis accused Worrell of “neglect of duty and incompetence”. U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost, whose district...
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Ron DeSantis vetoes two Florida bills that would have reduced incarcerations over technical violations and allowed more records to be expunged

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday vetoed two criminal-justice bills passed during the 2023 Florida legislative session.

University of South Florida criminology professor debuts true crime series

  Listen: A University of South Florida criminology professor is featured in a new true crime docuseries. WMNF reports that the Tampa professor wants to shed light on why killers kill. The Lesson is Murder...

Criminal justice and rehabilitation

Barbara Rhode, founder of the Red Tent Women’s Initiative in St. Petersburg, talks about the non-profit's trauma-centered program that gives women at the end of their incarceration counseling, education and the tools for a successful...

Florida Commission on Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues Its Interim Report

Florida Commission on Mental Health issued its interim report calling for major changes in the accessibility and delivery of mental health services and changes to legislation affecting the criminal justice system's response to arrestees with...

Redemption Radio

Thad Bereday, host of the Redemption Radio podcast, a former lawyer and former prison inmate, and his pastor, Rev. Justin LaRosa of The Portico, a non-traditional, social justice-focused church in downtown Tampa, both join Shelley...

Tampa’s police review board votes in support of allowing local residents to weigh in on subpoena power

Tampa’s citizen-led police review board voted 6–3 on Tuesday night to recommend that city council put subpoena power for the board on the ballot for voters to decide. This vote is the latest development in...

WaveMakers: Yvette Lewis, president of Hillsborough NAACP

Yvette Lewis, president of the Hillsborough Chapter for the NAACP, has been a leader in the Black community for nearly 20 years.

Fentrice Driskell: Leading in Tallahassee

State Rep. Fentrice Driskell, a rising star in the Florida Democratic Party, visited the WMNF studios for a special WaveMakers edition of MidPoint, where we go in-depth with people making a difference in the Tampa...
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Hillsborough’s biggest criminal justice stakeholders commit to supporting civil citations, addressing racial bias

Some of Tampa Bay’s biggest criminal justice stakeholders Monday said they’d support more access to arrest avoidance programs and would address racial bias issues. They spoke during an annual meeting of the Hillsborough Organization for...

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