New State Attorney Promises Reform In First Public Speech Since Taking Office

In her first public appearance as state attorney Monday, Melissa Nelson reiterated her campaign promise of restoring the public’s confidence in Northeast Florida’s criminal justice system. Nelson admitted the challenge of changing the office’s culture will be an exacting task, but that she had a specific blueprint to accomplish that goal. She told members of the Jacksonville Rotary Club she intends to appoint a committee to review all death penalty cases and issue recommendations, streamline her violent crime and homicide units to foster better communication, strengthen community relationships and increase transparency moving forward. “I have recruited, as my most important advisors and leaders in our office, people who share the same values as I and whose careers reflect the competence, ethics, professionalism and exercise of judgement the public deserves,” she said. Nelson’s appearance had all the hallmarks of an inaugural address where she shared with the audience what helped

In her first public appearance as state attorney Monday, Melissa Nelson reiterated her campaign promise of restoring the public’s confidence in Northeast Florida’s criminal justice system. Nelson admitted the challenge of changing the office’s culture will be an exacting task, but that she had a specific blueprint to accomplish that goal. She told members of the Jacksonville Rotary Club she intends to appoint a committee to review all death penalty cases and issue recommendations, streamline her violent crime and homicide units to foster better communication, strengthen community relationships and increase transparency moving forward. “I have recruited, as my most important advisors and leaders in our office, people who share the same values as I and whose careers reflect the competence, ethics, professionalism and exercise of judgement the public deserves,” she said. Nelson’s appearance had all the hallmarks of an inaugural address where she shared with the audience what helped