Matthew Charles

Amendment 3 is potentially in trouble; lawmakers turn to Supreme Court to try to block the measure

BY: - October 13, 2020

Constitutional Amendment 3 — which promises to tear down Florida’s political primaries and build them anew — is the target of a court challenge as the November 3 election looms and voters are already filling in their ballots. GOP and Democratic lawmakers filed a petition Tuesday with the Florida Supreme Court, seeking to bar state […]

In the Florida Legislature, there may be a new attitude toward criminal justice this year

BY: - February 26, 2019

In a crowded legislative committee meeting room at Florida’s Capitol, six prison wardens assembled to tell state lawmakers exactly how years of inadequate funding and overly harsh sentencing policies have hurt their jails. Corrections officers, they said, only make an average of $33,000 a year. It’s hard to hold onto an employee who makes such […]