The revival of the Jacksonville Journey was a signature campaign pledge of Mayor Lenny Curry. But over 16 months into his term, violent crime continues in Jacksonville, with a spree of shootings over the weekend.

Though the Jacksonville Journey has never been represented as a quick fix for violent crime so much as a program to drive attitudinal shifts that reduce it over time, members of the Jacksonville City Council Neighborhoods, Community Investments, and Services Committee had plenty to say about Jacksonville Journey in a Monday discussion focusing on crime stats, and hinting at strategy going forward.

The meeting revealed that when it comes to the Jacksonville Journey programs, there is still fine tuning to be done on the model, and still divisions among council members about how resources are allocated.


Kerri Stewart, chief of staff for Mayor Lenny Curry, addressed NCIS with an eye toward justifying resource allocation, in context of outcomes proven by data.

Stewart’s rhetorical question: “Are we achieving the outcomes we thought we would?”

Stewart noted the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee considered whether money was being spent “in the right places on the right things.”

Stewart noted some incidents of violent crime, such as assaults, never got reported to the sheriff’s office, thus skewing the data set.

Also skewing the model: “affluent areas” in some Journey ZIP codes, such as 32205, which runs from Eureka Garden to Avondale; and locations such as the pre-trial detention center, the community transition center, and other high-incident public buildings that skew data.

Stewart noted that in ZIP codes with affluent neighborhoods, high-crime pockets also skew the data.

Stewart suggested that in the January tweaking of the program, ZIP codes may not be used at all.

W.C. Gentry of the oversight committee said “the ZIP codes simply give us an idea of where problems are,” adding that some programs,

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