CRIMINAL JUSTICE + POLICING

It was a few hours until the General Assembly would vote on final amendments to legislation that would make Virginia the first state in the South to legalize marijuana and Sen. Adam Ebbin, one of the bill’s Senate patrons, was feeling confident.As a joke, he stopped by a Richmond...
The Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to tighten some Virginia Parole Board procedures at issue in a series of critical watchdog reports last year, while approving funding for an outside investigation into how one of those reports was prepared and edited.Disagreement over the direction of that investigation led to...
The General Assembly approved legislation Wednesday that will make marijuana legal on July 1.The votes make Virginia the 16th state to legalize the drug and the first in the South to take the step, though retail sales won't begin until Jan. 1, 2024."The time has come for our state...
Virginia owes much to a smokable weed.Look no farther than the ceiling of the state Capitol Rotunda to see painted representations of garlands of the golden-brown leaf that was essential to Virginia’s founding 400 years ago.The Virginia Company of London, chartered as a joint stock company, encountered lean times...
Virginians could be harvesting their first legal crops of home-grown marijuana later this year under legislative amendments Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s sending to the General Assembly.Northam said Wednesday he is proposing changes to the marijuana legalization bill passed by the General Assembly last month that would end the...
Democratic leaders in the House of Delegates say they now support legalizing marijuana on July 1, joining the Senate in backing amendments to a legalization bill lawmakers passed last month.They also went a step further, endorsing the legalization of personal cultivation at the same time.“The time is now for...
Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation ending the death penalty in Virginia this week, an outcome that even some of the most ardent abolitionists once doubted they would see in their lifetime.Behind the scenes, a reform that drew little notice when it came before the legislature almost two decades ago...
Nearly 70 percent of people incarcerated in Virginia prisons have received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine and more than half have been fully vaccinated, according to state officials.“All inmates and staff have been offered the chance to get the COVID vaccine at this point,” said Department of Corrections...
The state employee who played a key role in investigating complaints against the Virginia Parole Board last year was fired from her job Monday, according to her attorney.Jennifer Moschetti, a senior investigator with the Office of the Inspector General, had been seeking whistleblower protection after apparently sharing details of...
If ever there were a case in which a known abuser of women had clearly telegraphed the intent to kill someone he’d dated, then Mark O’Leary would be Exhibit A. The 40-year-old felon now faces first-degree murder, felony firearm and other charges in the slaying of his estranged partner, Sammi...