CRIMINAL JUSTICE + POLICING

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As we reported last year, marijuana arrests in Virginia have been ticking up even as social views on the drug have softened. The trend continued again this year, with police agencies reporting about 29,000 in 2018, according to data released by Virginia State Police.That’s a 3.5 percent increase over...
A federal judge ordered the release of a massive Drug Enforcement Administration dataset detailing just how big of a role drug companies and pharmacies have played in the country’s opioid epidemic.The data, according to the Washington Post, tracks the path of each pain pill sold in the country. Though...
Under rules set by lawmakers, anyone with a concealed carry permit can bring a gun into the state Capitol. And lots of people do, as anyone who was around for last week’s special session on gun legislation undoubtedly noticed.That makes the Capitol Square complex a prime location to test...
Capitol Police apologized after an officer physically compelled a 16-year-old student to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance in the Senate gallery during last week’s short-lived special session on gun legislation.Monica Hutchinson, a Henrico resident, said her son, Jae, was at the Capitol on a trip with 42 members...
After Republicans voted to adjourn Tuesday’s special session on gun legislation less than two hours after it began, they compared their plan to send bills to the State Crime Commission for study to the approach then Gov. Tim Kaine took following the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech.Kaine said Wednesday...
Back at my first full-time newspaper job, I wrote a story about a citizen's police academy program, the kind that's common in communities around the country and is intended to give regular people a better understanding of police training and procedures.Part of it involved a shooting simulator, an attempt...
Virginia’s court system made it a lot easier to find online court records last week, quietly rolling out a statewide search function on its website that allows users to search by a defendant’s name to find docket information about criminal and traffic charges back to 1990 or earlier in...
Virginia Beach Republican Del. Glenn Davis will carry legislation that would allow municipalities to ban guns in local government buildings, with some caveats.Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, went further, introducing a bill that would prohibit guns and other weapons "in any building owned or used by a...
Virginia lawmakers return Tuesday, July 9, for a special session to consider gun control laws. Here's what to expect from Democrats and Republicans.