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.
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.
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.