Millions of dollars needed to fix structural and safety issues at Duval County Jail
Jacksonville city leaders say the current Duval County Jail is falling apart and millions needs to be spent to bring it up to par. During a special city council meeting Friday, council members talked about problems at the jail, including mold and structural issues.
City council group considering Duval County jail move eyes area near courthouse as possible landing spot
In the first official move looking into moving the Duval County jail, a city council committee met Wednesday to talk about the possibility of putting the jail somewhere else after 31 years at the current site.
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Another inmate has died in the Duval County Jail from a medical episode. Rebecca Faircloth, 62, was arrested in 2021. She was sentenced Friday to ten years in prison for attempted murder and firearms charges. She died in jail Monday. This comes weeks after JSO announced NaphCare will provide healthcare at the jail, taking over for Armor.
Sheriff announces ending of $98M contract with embattled jail healthcare provider
Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters and Mayor Donna Deegan held a news conference on Tuesday evening to announce the end of a $98 million contract with Armor Correctional Health Services, which administers healthcare to inmates at the Duval County jail.
Duval jail healthcare provider accused after death of former inmate says it ‘delivered quality medical care’
For the first time since it was accused of failing to provide an inmate his essential medication — which his family says led to his death — News4JAX heard from the company that provides healthcare at the Duval County jail.
Records confirm man did not receive heart transplant medicine in Duval County Jail. He died days later
Records from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirm a Jacksonville man did not receive any doses of an essential medication while at the Duval County Jail on a misdemeanor charge in November. After spending a weekend in jail, Dexter Barry, 54, died a few days after being released.
Johnathan Quiles claims he’s being mistreated in jail due to media attention to his case
Johnathan Quiles defense attorney said the 38-year-old claims he is being mistreated in the Duval County Jail, because of the media attention the case has garnered over the past four years. Quiles says people inside the jail are calling him a monster and a predator and he has concerns about how the court will be able to find a jury that’s impartial.
Duval County jail inmate dies from injuries sustained in fight over $2 bag lunch: police report
A 31-year-old inmate of the Duval County jail, who was behind bars on a charge of armed robbery, died while in custody after he was involved in a fight with another inmate, according to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Man charged with murder in connection with March 1 death
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning the agency made an arrest in the murder of a man in his home on Franklin Street on March 1. LaTerres Bryant, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder and is the Duval County Jail. The victim’s brother, who also lives in the house told News4Jax at the time, he found his brother laying on the floor with a stone in his right hand. Police had said the victim’s cause of death was undetermined, but now say he had blunt force trauma injuries. News4Jax requested more information from the Sheriff’s Office.
Jacksonville woman charged with smuggling gun into Duval County jail
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville woman is accused of smuggling a loaded revolver into the Duval County jail following her arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the report, McCoy reached into her pants and pulled out a revolver. According to the report, McCoy alluded to having a gun during a phone call she made while being booked. News4Jax Crime and Safety Expert Ken Jefferson, a former Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer, chalked it up to human error. “That officer had a good training officer,” he said.
Troopers chase SUV across Buckman Bridge at 100 mph, force crash
The Florida Highway Patrol said the chase began at 7:18 a.m. at Old St. Augustine and I-295 when a trooper spotted a reckless driver going north at 100 mph. That trooper tried to get the driver to pull over, but a chase ensued. A second trooper joined the pursuit as they crossed Buckman Bridge heading toward Orange Park. It was just the flipped car with any damage.”Michael Bennett was also driving across the bridge and saw the whole thing happen. News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson, who is a former Jacksonville police officer, said he questions the use of the PIT maneuver.
12-year-old girl who died not only family member positive for COVID-19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Elizabeth McNew’s death sent shockwaves through the Atlantic Beach community. McNew died Sept. 25 of complications after contracting COVID-19. News4Jax has learned that McNew’s father and older brother both tested positive for COVID-19 but neither got sick as a result. McNew’s father works as a corrections officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, but JSO said contact tracing has eliminated any possibility of work exposure. Members of the Atlantic Beach Elementary School community are trying to help the family raise money for pay for mounting medical bills.
I-TEAM: Inmate claims coronavirus ‘spreading’ fast at Duval County jail
A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the agency is following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the jail. Nationwide, the number of prisoners who test positive for COVID-19 is 5.5 times higher than the general population, according to CNN. “My roommate tested positive for coronavirus and they moved him out of here. Duval County jail population Total number of inmates 2,162 Inmates positive for COVID-19 436 “Precautionary” inmates 1,292A source inside the jail tells the I-TEAM that inmates who test positive for coronavirus are being placed in fourth floor dormitories. In a statement, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office acknowledged that those who test positive or show symptoms are being quarantined.
Nearly 50 more nonviolent offenders released from Duval County jail in effort to lower population
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nearly 50 more nonviolent, low-level offenders were released this month from the Duval County jail. This comes as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has spent the last month dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak inside the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. According to the State Attorney’s Office, at least some of the inmates released so far are among those who’ve tested positive. The doctor later tested positive, according to the sheriff, and has since been fired. The Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Center has five youths and one staff member who have tested positive, according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Loved ones of inmate outraged regarding positive COVID-19 cases in Duval County Jail
Loved ones of inmate outraged regarding positive COVID-19 cases in Duval County JailPublished: June 22, 2020, 11:26 pmFamilies and loved ones of inmates want them out of jail because of their misdemeanor crime shouldn't threaten their life due to coronavirus.
Inmate visitation resumes at Duval County jail
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Visitation hours have resumed at the Duval County jail, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Friday evening. The Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that visitation hours were cancelled after a section of glass attached to the front of the building broke loose. On Friday, JSO said the necessary repairs were made to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. The public reception area and sidewalk between the Pre-Trial Detention Facility and Police Memorial Building were also closed off due to safety concerns. That too has reopened.