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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
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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.

Overhauling the Criminal Justice System

Oct 19, 2015

Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is pushing bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system. 

Washington is gridlocked, but that doesn’t mean the two parties aren’t working together behind the scenes. For more than a year a bipartisan group of lawmakers have been trying to tackle criminal justice reform. Congressman Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, says the negotiations were tough, but that in the end they came up with a legitimate compromise.

Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order giving local law enforcement more resources to prosecute gun crimes.

It’s part of a push by the governor to do what he can to crack down on gun violence in the state

The order creates a joint task force, focusing on how better to enforce gun laws already on the books in the state…  

“We’re going to come after you and we’re going to prosecute you.”

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