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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

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...

Floridians are showing out for prison reform

The Sarasota County Legislative Delegation Friday met with civic organizations and county residents to discuss priorities for Florida’s 2021 legislative session. Among many areas of concern discussed, none was talked about more than prison reform....
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Florida State’s Attorneys to combat racial disparity with data, transparency

Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren and Jacksonville’s Melissa Nelson Thursday joined prosecutors from around the country to announce new initiatives aimed at accountability and reducing racial disparity in the justice system. The two participated...

Tampa Bay elected officials weigh in on needed criminal justice reform

Several Tampa Bay area elected officials weighed in on criminal justice reform; they spoke about solutions to problems like disparate sentencing of convicted criminals and restoration of voting rights to felons who have served their...
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Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform backs several state bills

Nearly 100,000 people are incarcerated in Florida, costing state taxpayers more than 2.3 billion dollars a year; those numbers are from the website of the Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, a nonpartisan group that’s...
Jeremy M. Thomas

Florida man serving life sentence, but someone else has confessed

A man is in Tampa’s Orient Road Jail serving a life sentence for a crime that someone else has confessed to; Jeremy Thomas insists he had no role in a robbery at a Hollywood Video...
Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs calls for pretrial support of homeless man

A young homeless man faces a pretrial hearing tomorrow in a Tampa courtroom. Members of a local peace group are calling on people to pack the room to show support for Ashton Stotter. Jimmy Dunson...

Hillsborough trying to reduce violence in communities

Hillsborough County is looking at ways to cut down on violent crime by engaging communities. One way the Safe & Sound Hillsborough group has done that is by taking teens from the Grant Park Neighborhood...

Hillsborough County Bully Busters Bus Benches

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay hosted a press conference today promoting a program to stop bullying in Hillsborough county schools. Near Lowry Park Zoo, representatives of participating organizations exhibited a bench from their new campaign....

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