New numbers from the U.S. Justice Department may come as a surprise to those who think prisons are the best response to crime. Inmate populations are down, and so are criminal convictions.
About 2.3 million Americans are in state and federal prisons or jails, but the numbers have been dropping, and an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts clearly shows the trend in Virginia and neighboring Maryland.
Attorneys for former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely argued for a new trial before the Virginia Court of Appeals.
They are not discussing plans to possibly take his case to a higher court if a three-judge panel in Richmond fails to grant their client's request … following his conviction for the murder of former girlfriend Yeardley Love.
Huguely attorney Paul Clement says his team is not overly confident, but the fact that the judges were asking probing questions is promising.