Law and Crime

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. “They shot him and left him on the sidewalk to bleed to...

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. “They’re angry because, as a number of them told me, this is not what they signed up for. They didn’t go into...

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. Twenty years ago, newly elected Republican governor George Allen made good on a campaign promise – appointing a commission to consider...

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...

Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order giving local law enforcement more resources to prosecute gun crimes. It’s part of a push by the governor to do what he can to crack down on gun violence in the state The order creates a joint task force, focusing on how better to enforce gun laws already on the books in the state… “We’re going to come after you and we’re going to prosecute you.” Flanked by the parents of Alison Parker, the WDBJ television reporter, who along with her co...

Pages