CRIMINAL JUSTICE + POLICING

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,...
Joining a growing list of counties and cities in Virginia, the city of Virginia Beach filed a lawsuit today against the drug companies it claims are responsible for the opioid epidemic gripping the state.The city follows in the footsteps of more than a dozen other Virginia localities, mostly in...
In late July, two police officers in Abingdon helped two children into the back of a cruiser.The kids, 11 and 14 years old, hadn’t committed any crimes, and they weren’t on their way to the police station or to a juvenile detention center. They were going to mental health...
Virginia juvenile justice officials say the state hasn't strapped a child in their custody to a chair since 2015."We don't feel it's necessary to use things like that," Andrew Block, the director of the Department of Juvenile Justice, told members of the Board of Juvenile Justice at a meeting...
Ever since I was a small boy I have always admired police officers.Due to the senseless civil war that plagued my country for more than a decade, my family was victimized by a home invasion by the rebels who invaded the capital city of Sierra Leone. They entered our...
A knock on the locked church doors prompts an unexpected line of interrogation from a congregation member inside: '"Who are you? Why are you here?"It’s hard to hear through the heavy glass and the tone is surprisingly tense for a sunny afternoon on a quiet street outside a house...
Attorney General Mark Herring said in an opinion Tuesday that a plan approved last month by the Lee County School Board to arm teachers is unlawful."For five years in a row the General Assembly rejected specific proposals to arm teachers, so there’s really no ambiguity," Herring said in a statement.In...
Twenty-one attorneys general, including Virginia’s Mark Herring, won a preliminary injunction Monday against a company that wanted to distribute plans to print plastic guns from 3-D printers online.“The Trump administration's reckless plan to make 3D-printed guns widely available and easily accessible was one of the most dangerous ideas I...
A watchdog group with federal investigative authority says it is continuing to probe allegations of abuse made by immigrant teens held in a juvenile jail outside of Staunton. A report released Monday by state officials failed to substantiate the claims.“Based on what we know so far, we believe further...