Criminal Legislation

Law & Crime
12:27 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Virginia's Rising Prison Rates

With 2.3 million Americans now behind bars, many states are looking at alternatives to jail time for those who commit non-violent crimes, but Virginia continues to imprison large numbers of people.

Crime in this country has fallen by more than 50% since the early 90’s, and Virginia has the third lowest rate of violent crime in the nation, but Lauren Brook-Eisen, a senior attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU says Virginia ranks 13th when it comes to locking people up. 

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Law & Crime
7:29 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Roanoke Forum Hopes to Help, Support and Inspire Ex-Offenders

An event this weekend in Roanoke is tailored to help ex-offenders make a successful transition to mainstream society. 

“Probation, Parole and Sentencing Reform: Transitioning to Active Citizenship” is a forum organized by the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP, and organizers are hoping to educate and remind the public that ex-offenders deserve a second chance.

Hunter Mabry is a member of the NAACP’s Restorative Justice Committee.

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Federal Legislation
4:46 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Combating Campus Sexual Assault

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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner helped introduce a bill today to combat the high rates of sexual assaults on college campuses.

 

If you don’t attend college, your chance of being sexually assaulted in the U-S is lower than if you do go to a university.

"The statistics are appalling, but the stories are heart breaking," said Sen. Warner.

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Law & Crime
7:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Confession Tactics For Juveniles Should Be Examined

Police routinely use certain techniques to get confessions from suspects, but a new study from the University of Virginia suggests those tactics should not be used with juveniles.  Because their brains are not fully developed, social scientists say they will respond differently than adults and confess to crimes they didn’t commit. 

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Law & Crime
5:17 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Former Gov. McDonnell & Wife Indicted on Federal Charges

Just weeks after leaving the Governor’s mansion, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted for illegally accepting gifts and loans during his tenure.

The 14-count, 43-page  federal indictment details how the couple accepted more than $135,000  in gifts, loans and trips from the former CEO of Star Scientific, Jonnie Williams, also a political donor.

In exchange, the indictment claims the Governor and his office were helping promote the company’s struggling dietary supplement business and attempted to conceal the scheme.

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