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12:21 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

VA Tops U.S. in Referring Students to Law Enforcement

Kayleb Moon-Robinson
Credit Center for Public Integrity

A new report from the Center for Public Integrity shows Virginia sending more students to court, per capita, than any other state – often because school resource officers arrest them for minor offenses like kicking a trash can, fighting on the playground or swearing.

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Part 1 of 5
5:27 pm
Tue April 8, 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'll hear throughout this series, their care is also questionable.

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Part 2 of 5
5:24 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Inmates Allege 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.

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Part 3 of 5
5:23 pm
Tue April 8, 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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Part 4 of 5
5:01 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: Elderly Inmates

Credit Family Caregiver Alliance

The United States has more people in prisons and jails than any other country in the world -- 2.2 million inmates -- a 500% increase over the past thirty years. 

We’re also a graying society, with millions of baby boomers claiming the title of senior citizen. 

Those two trends spell trouble for Virginia’s prisons, as  caring for a single senior behind bars can cost more than $65,000 a year.

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