Criminal Justice


For teachers, the pandemic has posed a big challenge--  how to educate without putting students at risk of sickness.  But for one law professor at the University of Virginia, COVID-19 created a great teaching opportunity. 

Askari Danso

Later this month the Virginia legislature will begin a special session to review the rules governing police conduct in this state, but advocates hope lawmakers might also consider other parts of the criminal justice system -- like prisons and parole. 

On August 18th, Askari Danso will turn 41 – having spent more than half his life in prison.  Over the years, he’s grown to a prison philosopher, and he sees the Department of Corrections as a racist institution.

AP Photo/Aaron Jackson

Virginia’s government watchdog agency has investigated complaints about the state Parole Board and found “substantiated” allegations but is withholding further details about its work, citing an exemption in the state open records law.

One of Virginia’s largest prisons – and the only one operated by a private, for-profit company – has water today after a week that saw shutoffs, flooding and a brawl that sent two inmates to the hospital. 

Danielle Wright

For the last three months, inmates in Virginia prisons have had no visitors and spend most of their time in cells or pods.  Educational programs and group therapy are canceled, and sources tell RadioIQ that fights and protests have broken out.  Now, some prisoners are taking their situation to court.