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Straight Outta Options

Straight Outta Options

County Can’t Dodge Jail Costs Any Longer By Rick Outzen Inweekly became involved in criminal justice and the Escambia County Jail in 2005 when the late Leroy Boyd of Movement for Change told us [...]

Paying for A Bad Decision

Paying for A Bad Decision

By Duwayne Escobedo When the Escambia Board of County Commissioners approved the plans to repair the basement of the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Center (CBD) flooded by a June [...]

The Black Hole of the County Budget

The Black Hole of the County Budget

By Rick Outzen For the past two months, Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill has decried that the county faced a $9 million shortfall in its FY 2018 budget. However, the problem isn't the [...]

Outtakes—Rearranging Deck Chairs

Outtakes—Rearranging Deck Chairs

By Rick Outzen The Escambia Board of County Commissioners holding budget workshops without dealing with the exponential rise in detention costs, to use an analogy of Sheriff David Morgan, is like [...]

Criminal Justice System and the Mentally Ill

Criminal Justice System and the Mentally Ill

By Duwayne Escobedo In Florida, jails are the new mental health asylums. However, many working in the justice system and in mental health care realize a jail cannot take the place of a mental [...]

No More County Jail Deaths?

No More County Jail Deaths?

By Rick Outzen Rev. Lonnie Wesley, III is troubled.  On Jan. 15, his oldest brother Alfred, age 66, was found unresponsive in his cell after having been taken to a local hospital. “I'm [...]

Outtakes—History Repeats

Outtakes—History Repeats

By Rick Outzen On Saturday, Feb. 20, I joined the families who lost loved ones in the Escambia County for their silent protest and prayer service, which is the focus of our cover story this [...]

Viewpoint: The Gentle Giant

Viewpoint: The Gentle Giant

The Untold Story of Jail Blast By JD Sjoberg *Publishers Note:  The voices missing from investigation into the April 30 explosion at the Central Booking and Detention Center are those of the [...]

When Everything Went Black

When Everything Went Black

By Rick Outzen Last year, the Escambia Board of County Commissioners assumed control of the Escambia County Jail and the Central Booking and Detention Center. For months, the public was told the [...]

Buzz 11/27/14

Buzz 11/27/14

Deliberate Indifference? The explosion at the Escambia County’s Central Booking and Detention Center was due to the failure of county facilities maintenance personnel to shut off the natural gas [...]

The Big House and the Bigger Picture

The Big House and the Bigger Picture

The Cost of Escambia’s Justice System By Jeremy Morrison The sound of a jail door closing is deafening, yet hushed. A noise observed in silence—the steel sliding and colliding against a [...]