Press Release for Monday, November 14, 2011

UNF Department of Criminology Hosts The 904 Project Town Hall Event

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 


Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida is hosting “The 904 Project” Town Hall Event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the UNF Student Union Ballroom, Building 58W, Room 3703. 


UNF’s graduate criminology students reveal a compelling new research project inspired by the Emmy-nominated documentary film, “The 904,” an hour-long film examining Jacksonville’s high crime rate, produced by Melissa Ross, host/producer for WJCT 89.9 FM Radio’s “First Coast Connect” daily radio show.  


New data on crime rates in Jacksonville and a provocative media audit of local coverage of crime issues will be discussed at this town hall event, which is free and open to the public. 


UNF President John Delaney will provide opening remarks, while the town hall panel will be moderated by UNF Criminology and Criminal Justice Department Chair Dr. Michael Hallett and WJCT Public Radio’s Melissa Ross. 


Panelists include: 

  • Matt Shirk, public defender, 4th Judicial Circuit  
  • Betty Burney, vice chairman, Duval County School Board 
  • Ronnie Cage, parent educator/family involvement coach, Jacksonville Children’s Commission 
  • Frank Denton, senior editor, The Florida Times-Union/ 
  • Alton Yates, Civil Rights icon 
  • Kevin Gay, president and CEO, Operation New Hope  

For more information about this event, contact the UNF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, at (904) 620-2758.