Criminal Justice

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Democrats arrived in Richmond for the General Assembly session this year with a long list of agenda items for criminal justice reform. But, many of the more sweeping changes were scuttled.

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Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have proposed to increase the amount of time inmates can earn for good behavior. 

Thursday night a group of citizens sweated their way through a House subcommittee meeting to speak in favor of the legislation.

Cynthia Settle

Governor Northam has suspended a policy that allowed strip searches of minors visiting state prisons after a disturbing incident at the Buckingham Correctional Center.  That’s where an 8-year-old girl who’d come to see her father was told she must undergo a search or be barred from future visits. 

It turns out she is not the only one complaining about the treatment of visitors.

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People who want criminal justice reform have reason to celebrate, after five candidates for Commonwealth’s Attorney won election Tuesday. 


Marijuana is still illegal in Virginia, but some prosecutors across the Commonwealth are now taking new approaches.

A diversion program in Alexandria that takes a new twist on a familiar problem.