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Gainesville’s Mental Health Co-Responder Team Diverts Arrests and Saves Taxpayers Money

Shelley Postle and MaKenzie Boyer, who works for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, are only a call away for those who are battling mental illness and in an emotionally charged situation. In April 2018, the Gainesville Police Department and Meridian formed the city’s first co-responder program.

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Felon Voting Debate Focuses On Financial Obligations

The Florida House of Representatives is considering a proposal that would change the definition of a "completed sentence" for felons looking to have their voting rights restored under November's Amendment 4. Under the bill, felons would have to pay all court fees, fines and restitution to be eligible for the “automatic” vote restoration.

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