A recent Gallup poll shows 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. Colorado and Washington have done so, and Californians are expected to vote on the question this year. So might the Commonwealth follow their lead?
Virginia was once a major producer of tobacco, but today less than five percent of the world’s crop is grown in the U.S. The state’s climate is favorable for growing marijuana, there’s plenty of water, and many rural areas might welcome an economic boost, but the political climate is something else.
One goal of outgoing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is ensuring that there are advocates for domestic violence and human trafficking victims after he leaves office.
One of Cuccinelli’s final acts as A-G is allocating millions of dollars for human trafficking victims. Cuccinelli says while Virginia has made progress in finding, arresting, and increasing penalties for human traffickers, one of the system’s biggest holes is providing the victims with a sanctuary—a place to get back on their feet.
New numbers from the U.S. Justice Department may come as a surprise to those who think prisons are the best response to crime. Inmate populations are down, and so are criminal convictions.
About 2.3 million Americans are in state and federal prisons or jails, but the numbers have been dropping, and an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts clearly shows the trend in Virginia and neighboring Maryland.