CRIMINAL JUSTICE + POLICING

In Virginia, you can be convicted of murder, but if they forget to get your fingerprints afterward, the charge won’t show up on a criminal background check.It isn’t just a theoretical issue, according to researchers with the Virginia State Crime Commission, who found 751,154 offenses were not applied to...
A 44-year-old Guatemalan woman who says she is facing imminent deportation by ICE has taken refuge in a Virginia church, Wesley Memorial UMC in Charlottesville.The woman, María Chavalan Sut, is the second immigrant to publicly claim sanctuary in a Virginia house of worship, taking advantage of an ICE policy of not...
Federal authorities say the four men arrested Tuesday in connection with white supremacist violence in Charlottesville last year were targeted for investigation because they “committed particularly violent acts,” had a history of attacks at other rallies and are members to a racist and anti-Semitic organization.U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen told...
Gov. Ralph Northam's new bipartisan advisory commission to tackle opioid addiction across the state, which met for the first time last week, includes more than two dozen local government officials, law enforcement, lawyers, medical experts and regular people who have seen family members battle opioid addiction.The Governor’s Advisory Commission on...
This week state regulators named five businesses that will be allowed to sell medical marijuana oils, including cannabidiol (CBD) products, a non-intoxicating compound that a growing number of people are taking for ailments like anxiety, sleep problems, epilepsy and general inflammation, among others.The oils will be strictly regulated: Patients...
Gov. Ralph Northam's administration pulled the plug on a new policy banning women visiting state prisons from wearing tampons.The move comes a day after the policy faced widespread news coverage and scrutiny."Having been recently informed of a recent Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) visitation policy, I have ordered its...
Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Hardin ran on a campaign promise to cut his office’s budget.But when he contacted the state about cutting his pay for prosecuting crimes in the locality of 18,000, the state said no.“I think that makes sense in places like Charlottesville or Fairfax, but country...
A friend was giving him a ride to work at a fast food restaurant in Hanover County when a sheriff’s deputy pulled them over to investigate whether the car’s window tint violated state law.The officer asked to search them. Sure, he said, totally forgetting the burnt end of a...
Women visiting inmates in state prisons will no longer be allowed to wear tampons under a new policy that goes into effect next month.Officials said the policy, enforced using body scanners, aims to crack down on contraband."If someone chooses to visit a Virginia Department of Corrections inmate, he or...
The state treated Elmo Augustus Reid's hepatitis C once before. It didn't work.An inmate at the Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Reid was treated in 2013 once he had fibrosis, or scarring, on his liver. He was given drugs that had been used to treat hepatitis C for years,...