Archive for October, 2009

Virginia Behind Bars


On Monday night, Virginia’s Legal Aid Justice Center will host a benefit at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville – a program called Incarceration Nation.  With the help of U.S. Senator Jim Webb and novelist John Grisham, the group will explore why this country leads the world in both the number of citizens in prison and the percentage of people locked up.  Our jailhouse population is 5-10 times higher, per capita, than in Canada, Britain, or France.  We asked Sandy Hausman to look at that question — and at what’s happening behind bars in Virginia:

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