Criminal Justice

Across Virginia, local taxpayers are paying for federal immigration enforcement.  That's the finding of a new analysis by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.


While some states have legalized recreational marijuana and other states have decriminalized possession, arrests in Virginia rose last year to the highest level in a decade.  People convicted of a first offense are not sent to jail but face other serious consequences.

Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety is suspending a controversial prison policy before it takes effect.  Officials had planned to ban women visiting prisons from using tampons, because they claimed those sanitary products could be used to smuggle-in contraband. 


Women make up 15%of Virginia’s jail and prison population, but the number of female inmates is rising rapidly.  The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a report on why that’s happening and what should be done. 

Nicole Danso

People locked up in at least 17 prisons around the country are in the midst of a three-week strike – organizing sit-ins, refusing to work or eat.  Virginia says no prisoners hereare taking part, but Buckingham prison is on lockdown, and one inmate at Red Onion is in solitary confinement after trying to organize a prison reform movement from the inside.