Posts Tagged Criminal Justice Reform

Several Measures Move Forward, But Qualified Immunity Bill Dies in House

A suite of policing reform bills moved out of the state House Friday. But, a measure allowing civilians to sue on-duty officers for misconduct wasn’t one of them. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: Just How Much Power Should Civilian Review Boards Have?

Should citizen review boards be able to crack down on bad cops? Michael Pope reports lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow that kind of power.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: House Committee Revives Effort to End Qualified Immunity

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Delegate Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond)

The state’s special session over police reform took a turn Tuesday after members of the House Appropriations Committee revived a bill allowing citizens to sue law-enforcement officers for misconduct. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports the latest on the controversial move to end qualified immunity.

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Budget Restraints Halt Some Policing Reforms in Richmond

StateSeal00Lawmakers are focused on reworking the budget and reforming police practices, but these issues aren’t mutually exclusive. Monday, members of the House budget committee weighed the costs of some of the criminal justice measures moving through their chamber. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: Bill to Limit Pretextual Stops Advances in House and Senate

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Lawmakers are moving forward with efforts to crack down on a controversial practice of pretextual policing. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Crime Commission Recommends Conviction Expungement System

virginia_flag_map_0Virginia is one of the few states where it’s almost impossible for someone to get rid of a conviction. But, that might be about to change. Michael Pope has the story.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: Should Juries Still Hand Down Sentences in Virginia?

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Senator Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) arguing in favor of the bill ahead of a long weekend break of the special session.

The state Senate is breaking from the Special Session for a long weekend. But, before they left Richmond, they moved a sentencing reform effort forward. Michael Pope reports.

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Several Criminal Justice Reform Bills Quickly Pass Through Senate Panel

StateSeal00Lawmakers are back in Richmond, and they’re already taking action on reforming policing. Michael Pope reports.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: Should Lawmakers Implement a Court Fee Moratorium?

finesLawmakers are about to arrive in Richmond to start considering a number of criminal justice reforms. One issue that might be on the agenda is a moratorium on court fines and fees. Michael Pope reports.

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Senate Democrats Unveil Policing Reform Proposals Ahead of Special Session

StateSeal00As a special session approaches later this month, Senate Democrats are preparing their proposal to reform police agencies across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Lawmakers Face Even More Calls to Transform Police Ahead of Special Session

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Lawmakers are headed to Richmond later this month to consider a host of criminal justice reform efforts. And, they’ll be under intense pressure to take action. Michael Pope reports.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: Should Lawmakers Ban Nighttime Warrants?

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Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond and consider a host of criminal justice reforms. As Michael Pope reports, one of those would prohibit law enforcement officers from executing warrants at night.

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Police Reform with Representatives Bobby Scott and Donald McEachin

StateSeal00For the only two African American members of the Commonwealth’s delegation in Congress, the House passage of policing reform last evening was personal. Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.

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Could a “Digital Tax” Be on the Way for Virginia?

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond for a special session, and they’ll be looking for ways to fund criminal justice reform during an economic crisis. Michael Pope has this report about one possible new source of money.

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State Lawmakers to Consider Policing Reforms

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A coalition of 28 groups wants Virginia to reform policing — to emphasize community support rather than military tactics. (Credit: Ashton Erler)

When the General Assembly returns to Richmond in August to address a budget shortfall tied to the COVID pandemic, lawmakers will also be looking at reforms and possible cuts to policing. Sandy Hausman reports.

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Expungement Among Some Criminal Justice Reforms Left Behind by General Assembly

General Assembly 2020Democrats campaigned on the issue of criminal justice reform last year. But advocates say when they took power in the House and Senate, a lot of reform still got left behind. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers on Both Sides of the Aisle Call for Criminal Justice Reform

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests across the country has lawmakers in Virginia considering criminal justice reform. And, there’s already some bipartisan agreement emerging during this time of crisis. Michael Pope reports.

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What Criminal Justice Reforms Passed Out of the General Assembly This Year?

StateSeal00Democrats arrived in Richmond for the General Assembly session this year with a long list of agenda items for criminal justice reform. But, many of the more sweeping changes were scuttled. Michael Pope reports.

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There’s Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Reform in Richmond This Year

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Criminal justice reform is one of the leading issues this year in the Virginia General Assembly, and it’s an issue that has advocates on both sides of the aisle. Michael Pope reports.

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