CRIMINAL JUSTICE + POLICING

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,...
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...