Hillsborough County Report Overview

Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa are putting far too many people of color in jail unnecessarily, while failing to follow best practices for reducing incarceration, promoting community safety and holding police accountable.


This LIVE FREE County Best Practices Scorecard provides a snapshot of the policies and practices that are decimating Hillsborough County’s communities of color through irresponsible prosecution of young Black and Latino men and women, setting bail that average community members cannot afford, private prison profiteering and refusing to hold law enforcement officers accountable for police misconduct and murder. The truth is that there’s a Ferguson in Hillsborough County. The scorecard is being completed at an upcoming candidates forum and will be available for download soon.


State Attorney Mark Ober, Sheriff David Gee, Police Chief Eric Ward and city and county elected officials are responsible for the safety and well-being of all people in the county. But they have pursued policies that effectively criminalize Black and Latino communities. Download a complete summary of Hillsborough’s failing policies.


This report is a call for leadership. Elected law enforcement officials, here in Hillsborough County, and across the United States, must choose whether to provide leadership to end mass incarceration and criminalization, or step aside, and let others lead. Download the Hillsborough County full report and jump to page 14 for a policy guide of best practices.