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Allison Ross - State accountability reporter

State accountability reporter

My role as state accountability reporter means I get to look at what is and isn’t working in the Sunshine State and how that impacts the people who live in it. What happens here affects me and my family, so I won’t pull punches when I see a problem. If you’ve got a story to tell or an idea to share, I’m here to listen. I’m not a native Floridian, but this is my second stint living in this state. I used to work in South Florida at the Palm Beach Post and later at Bankrate. Before joining the Times in 2019, I spent time in Louisville, Kentucky, where I covered education and was part of the investigative unit at the Courier Journal. Reach out to me sometime; I’m always looking for tips.

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    “None of these cases I reviewed were properly or thoroughly investigated,” said a retired criminal investigator, who reviewed 11 of the cleared cases for the Times.
  2. Pinellas and Miami-Dade counties lead the state in keeping youth offenders out of the school-to-prison cycle but, in many parts of the state, law enforcement continues to arrest kids eligible for diversion programs and that’s costing taxpayers.
    Fifth-annual report notes that Florida leads the nation in juvenile pre-arrest diversion and that its use is growing statewide.
  3. The Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will waive some late charges for residents who have had their driver's license suspended as part of Operation Green Light.
    Florida drivers can lose their licenses for things unrelated to their safe driving record, such as unpaid court fines and traffic fees . Operation Green Light and similar programs are trying to help...
  4. President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he returns to the White House from Camp David, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Washington.
    As Dorian loomed, the president took to social media, tapping out hurricane updates with attacks on political enemies, disputes over unfavorable coverage and lots of thoughts on former FBI Director...
  5. Snap shot of video that shows multiple guards at Lake Correctional Institution beating an inmate. [YouTube]
    Some are renewing calls for criminal justice reform in the wake of the incident.
  6. Captura de video que muestra a varios guardias en la Institución Correccional de Lake golpeando a un preso. [Youtube]
    Un video de YouTube que muestra a varios guardias golpeando a un recluso en una prisión estatal al oeste de Orlando a principios de este mes ha provocado una investigación y ha reavivado las pregunt
  7. [AP Photo | John Minchillo]
    Significant ransom payouts following attacks in Riviera Beach and Lake City highlight the concern of ransomware attacks on local government.