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Life Without Parole: A Five Part Series

May 2, 2016
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Part One: Virginia Has Lowest Parole Rate in the Nation

It’s been more than 20 years since Virginia abolished parole, and over that time the prison population has grown to more than 30,000 people.  Just over 10% of them committed crimes before the law changed, so they’re still eligible for parole, but few of them are getting out, and the state now spends more than a billion dollars a year on prisons and correctional programs.


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Although the line of questioning by jurists in any appeals case does not necessarily indicate how they're leaning, in the appeal of former Governor McDonnell’s corruption convictions, the U.S. Supreme Court justices did not seem comfortable with the broad interpretation of the federal law used to convict him. 

Mallory Noe-Payne

Virginia’s Governor made national headlines last week for restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons in the state. Critics say McAuliffe is misusing his powers as governor, to get close friend Hillary Clinton more votes in Virginia this November.

But how was McAuliffe’s announcement received among those it affects?

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Lawyers involved in the corruption conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell have been busy with a flurry of legal briefs back and forth as the date for oral arguments approaches at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is rejecting a bid to bring back the electric chair as the default method of executing criminals on Death Row. Instead, he's proposing a plan that would allow the state to get lethal drugs from secret providers.

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