Posts Tagged Criminal Justice System

Poll: Virginians feel just as safe after criminal justice reforms

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A new poll shows voters support recent changes to criminal justice in Virginia. Michael Pope has the details.

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Advocates hope more minor peer courts pop up across Virginia


The effort to prevent young people from finding themselves caught up in the criminal justice system has a new tool. Michael Pope reports on the emergence of peer courts.


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VA House Weighs Possible Release for Sick and Disabled Prisoners


Andre Daniels graduated from high school in Norfolk but found himself jobless and homeless at 21. (Credit: Johnay Hardy)

In most states prisoners with a terminal illness can be freed early, but Virginia only considers inmates with less than three months to live. Now, the legislature may change that, making several thousand prisoners eligible for compassionate release. Sandy Hausman reports.

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Lawmakers Continue to Discuss Changes to Criminal Justice System, Including Mental Health Reform


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Jails across Virginia are becoming de facto mental institutions as more and more inmates arrive every day with serious mental illness. And, lawmakers are hoping better treatment in jail might free up psychiatric beds for those not caught up in the criminal justice system. Micheal Pope reports.

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