Jacksonville’s secret police and an $87,401 invoice for public records

COMMENTARY | I have to start with the cost: $87,401.

Eighty-seven thousand four-hundred and one dollars: That is what the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office wanted to charge Times-Union partner First Coast News before officials would even begin working on what should have been a routine and basic request for public records housed on the agency’s servers. JSO actually invoiced that amount.

“Payment must be made within 30 calendar days or the request will be considered withdrawn, closed and no further action will be taken on this request,” the office helpfully added.

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Dwell again for a moment on that figure: $87,401.



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