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.
A Virginia man is suing the F.B.I. and local police over his arrest for things he wrote on Facebook.
It’s been nearly two years since 29-year-old Brandon Raub began posting things on his Facebook page – things that scared friends and the federal government. Honorably discharged from the Marines after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Raub became convinced that 9/11 was a U.S. government conspiracy. He wrote:
A wrong fax machine number, not calling all possible facilities and poor communication are among the failures cited in the investigation of Gus Deeds' detention, release, attack on his father--Senator Creigh Deeds--and subsequent suicide.
A federal judge has denied a request by former Governor Bob McDonnell’s defense attorneys to limit the prosecution’s involvement in a separate, CIVIL case filed by shareholders of Star Scientific.
McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have pleaded “not guilty” to federal charges of improperly promoting the company’s dietary supplement in exchange for gifts from its former CEO, Jonnie Williams … and they maintain that the civil case is relevant.