Law and Crime

Law & Crime
7:09 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Virginia Department of Forensic Science Archives 10,000th DNA Data Bank Hit

Governor McAuliffe and US Senator Mark Warner tour the Central Lab

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has achieved its 10,000th DNA data bank hit.  The record-setting cold hit was announced by Governor McAuliffe, who joined U.S. Senator Mark Warner for a tour of the state forensic lab that analyzes DNA and other crime-scene evidence.  

The DNA data bank has 431,000 samples, and hits now occur daily.  McAuliffe also announced that the state has been collecting untested and backlogged sexual assault evidence—called PERK kits—from localities statewide.

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4:42 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: What Went Wrong?

This week, we mark the 8th anniversary of this country’s deadliest shooting rampage – an attack that left 33 dead at Virginia Tech. 

Dr. Bela Sood is a psychiatrist at Virginia Commonwealth University – a senior professor of child mental health policy and the author of a new book, The Virginia Tech Massacre: Strategies and Challenges for Improving Mental Health Policy on Campus and Beyond.  She was appointed by then Governor Tim Kaine to study what had happened at Tech and to offer suggestions for preventing future tragedies. 

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Juvenile Justice
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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Education
9:20 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Tapping Into Open Minds Behind Bars

Credit Creative Commons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Many universities offer students a chance to study abroad, but Virginia Commonwealth University is offering a whole different travel experience - sending a handful of students to jail. 

As a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, David Coogan had heard of the school to prison pipeline:

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Campus Rape Allegations
8:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Reactions to Columbia University's Rolling Stone Article Analysis

Credit CNN

The Columbia Journalism School report criticizing Rolling Stone’s reporting on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia provoked little response from UVA students.  But the fraternity where the alleged attack took place said it’s suing Rolling Stone.   

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