Law and Crime

As Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring kicks off a study aimed at encouraging more minorities to enter law enforcement in the Commonwealth one of the Southside Virginia cities set to take part is dealing with severe financial problems that could make recruiting even more difficult. 

Martinsville has 51 police officers. Four of those officers are black. That number is even more striking when you consider that African-Americans make up 45% of the city's population.

The Virginia Attorney General's Office is developing a plan to increase
diversity in police departments around the state beginning with a pilot
program in Danville and Martinsville.

Attorney General Mark Herring came here to the Bible Way Cathedral in Danville to launch the first phase of the minority recruitment program, which will be implemented in three steps.

Richmond Men Accused in White Supremacist Plot

Nov 12, 2015

In Virginia, two men accused of trying to buy weapons for use in a white supremacist plot were in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Authorities say the FBI foiled a plan, that began with robbing a jewelry store and ended with shooting or bombing black churches and Jewish synagogues.

Robert Doyle and Ronald Chaney III came on the FBI’s radar after an informant tipped them off that the two were part of a group that might be planning violence.

A governor appointed Parole Review Commission heard testimony that parole, dramatically curtailed by the state legislature in the 1990s,  must be reinstated. Others say it's time to reconsider the efficacy of no parole.

A commission appointed to consider reinstating parole met in Richmond Monday to hear from experts on crime and punishment and from victims like Judy Choendley who said the men who killed her father should never be freed.

Faculty Fighting Back

Oct 26, 2015
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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.