Sheriff: Evictions are still occurring

Despite a State of Emergency being issued, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) continues to act on eviction notices it has received, according to a spokesperson for the ACSO.

“Evictions are still occurring,” said Sgt. Frank Kinsey, Public Information Officer for the ACSO. “We are trying to be as compassionate as possible, but they are orders that are time sensitive and we cannot choose not to enforce them. Kinsey said the ACSO is waiting on word from James P. Nilon, Chief Judge of the Eighth Circuit Court which includes Alachua County, about suspension of the eviction process.

Kinsey also released information about the Alachua County Jail:

 “Per conversations this morning, and in accordance with FSA guidance, Sheriff Darnell has approved the ACSO to stop transfers into Alachua County for any and all non-capitol offenses, those of which will be addressed case by case, until further notice, this includes air travel for sure,” he wrote in an email.   

 Additionally, Kinsey released information about suspending the weekend sentencing program:

 “Chief Judge Nilon approved a request for immediate suspension of the weekend sentence program until further notice, including all current weekend sentences. This would be a suspension and not an elimination of the jail sentence. Those currently ordered to serve weekends must complete their sentence upon the lifting of the suspension. The individuals effected would remain on probation during this period.”  

Talked with our civil bureau today, evictions are still occurring, we are trying to be as compassionate as possible, but they are orders that are time sensitive and we cannot choose not to enforce them, we are waiting on word from the Chief Judge Nilon about suspension of the eviction process.

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