Volusia resolution opposes state on changing pretrial services program

DELAND — This area’s top prosecutor, public defender, chief judge and sheriff all agree on at least one thing: The local pretrial services program works. “There’s no reason to change it,” Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson told the County Council on Thursday, speaking in support of Councilwoman Joie Alexander’s resolution to oppose any state changes […]

Pretrial program saves money and preserves families

By JOIE ALEXANDER, COMMUNITY VOICES As a member of the Volusia County Council, I have served on numerous committees over the years. Since 2009, I’ve had the pleasure of chairing the Public Safety Coordinating Council — a group that focuses much of its attention on our jail population. Part of what helps the county keep […]