Law and Crime

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.

The Virginia Department of Corrections has more than 30,000 people locked up in state prisons, local and regional jails, each costing taxpayers an average of more than $32,000 a year. 

Those who committed crimes after 1994 are not eligible for parole, but Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed a commission to study that situation and make recommendations.

Overhauling the Criminal Justice System

Oct 19, 2015

Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is pushing bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system. 

Washington is gridlocked, but that doesn’t mean the two parties aren’t working together behind the scenes. For more than a year a bipartisan group of lawmakers have been trying to tackle criminal justice reform. Congressman Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, says the negotiations were tough, but that in the end they came up with a legitimate compromise.

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