Law and Crime

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The debate over the Confederate flag is still raging in Washington, where elected officials are clashing over where and when it’s appropriate to display the Confederate flag.

Suit Aims to End Suspension of Drivers' Licenses

Jul 7, 2016

Last year, more than 900,00 people lost their driver's license in Virginia because they couldn't pay court costs.  An estimated 75% continued to drive, in part because they had no other way to get to work.  Now, Sandy Hausman reports that Virginia's Legal Aid Justice Center is suing to stop courts from penalizing poor people in this way.

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Police agencies in Virginia get most of their money from local governments. But in recent years, they’ve been increasingly tapping another source of cash - seizing it directly from people they suspect of wrongdoing. The program, known as civil asset forfeiture, has become increasingly controversial in recent years. And now, efforts are moving forward at the state and national level to reform the program.

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In 2014, almost 1,000 people died from opiate overdose in Virginia -- and that number is trending upwards, not down. A state task force created a number of proposals to help stem the epidemic, and Governor Terry McAuliffe signed three of those measures into law today. The primary goal? To help prevent addicts from acquiring drugs.

Fairfax County School Board

Virginia’s largest school system may also be its most secretive. Leaders at the Fairfax County School system have a history of redacting information from financial disclosure forms of School Board members. A new opinion from the Virginia attorney general says they should hand over the information.