Law & Crime

Child Pornography Crimes
8:05 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Child Pornography: Crime and Punishment

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There are a number of child porn possession cases in the news, many of which have been investigated by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task force. Recent cases range from nude selfies taken by a teenage girl, to a possession case in which a very small number of images were downloaded "out of curiosity" to the case of former UVA Associate Dean Michael Morris who pled guilty this week to the possession and distribution of child pornography. 

 

 

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Facebook & Free Speech
4:41 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Case of Brandon Raub

Credit Photo Provided by United Truth Seekers

  A Virginia man is suing the F.B.I. and local police over his arrest for things he wrote on Facebook.  

It’s been nearly two years since 29-year-old Brandon Raub began posting things on his Facebook page – things that scared friends and the federal government.   Honorably discharged from the Marines after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Raub became convinced that  9/11 was a U.S. government conspiracy.  He wrote:

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News Series Submission, Part 1
4:48 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: The Series Begins

There are about 30,000 Virginians in state prisons, and Virginia spends more than $25,000 a year to house each of them, making the Department of Corrections the most expensive agency in Richmond, with a billion dollar annual budget. It spends $160 million on healthcare, but critics say that care is inadequate, and some inmates could be dying for lack of medical attention. 

Another 30,000 people are locked up in city or county jails, and as we hear in this series, their care is also questionable.
 

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News Series Submission, Part 2
4:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Inmates Alledge Medical Neglect

The state of Virginia spends an average of $5,300 a year per inmate for medical care in prisons, and that cost has been rising 5-7 percent per year, but taxpayers may not be getting their money’s worth, and people locked up for minor crimes could be paying with their lives.

 

At the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Chesapeake, 47-year-old Steven Jowers recalls what happened to his friend Fly.

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News Series Submission, Part 3
4:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Mental Illness

Fifty years ago, this country began closing mental hospitals where people with psychiatric disorders were often warehoused. 

The idea was to send patients back to their communities, where they would live better lives with help from local mental health programs. 

Unfortunately, those services were limited, and many people ended up on the streets or behind bars.  Today, up to 18% of inmates in Virginia prisons are taking drugs for psychiatric conditions, and critics say some are being punished because they can’t comply with prison rules.  

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