Law & Crime

Legal and Criminal

The Virginia Attorney General's Office is developing a plan to increase
diversity in police departments around the state beginning with a pilot
program in Danville and Martinsville.

Attorney General Mark Herring came here to the Bible Way Cathedral in Danville to launch the first phase of the minority recruitment program, which will be implemented in three steps.

Richmond Men Accused in White Supremacist Plot

Nov 12, 2015

In Virginia, two men accused of trying to buy weapons for use in a white supremacist plot were in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Authorities say the FBI foiled a plan, that began with robbing a jewelry store and ended with shooting or bombing black churches and Jewish synagogues.

Robert Doyle and Ronald Chaney III came on the FBI’s radar after an informant tipped them off that the two were part of a group that might be planning violence.

About one of every six police departments is using body cameras to record the conduct of officers when they interact with the public, but more are joining the ranks now that federal funds are available to buy equipment.  

In Richmond, the American Civil Liberties Union warns that guidelines for the use of body cameras are critical.  Here’s director of the Virginia chapter - Claire Guthrie Gastenaga

“You know Virginia is all over the map.  I mean the situation -- the word we use is chaotic.”

Faculty Fighting Back

Oct 26, 2015
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

With a growing number of college campus shootings, it’s no surprise that some professors are feeling uneasy.  Others are coming up with some ways to limit firearm access without violating the Second Amendment.

As a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Beth McMurtrie spends a lot of time talking to professors, and lately she finds they’re feeling angry and anxious.

The Virginia Department of Corrections has more than 30,000 people locked up in state prisons, local and regional jails, each costing taxpayers an average of more than $32,000 a year. 

Those who committed crimes after 1994 are not eligible for parole, but Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed a commission to study that situation and make recommendations.