CRIMINAL JUSTICE + POLICING

During a history discussion at a book festival in Charlottesville eight years ago, a local official floated an idea that, at the time, seemed shocking.After a speech by historian Edward Ayers, then-City Councilor Kristin Szakos asked if it was time to start talking about removing Confederate statues or balancing...
After four days of protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police that have rocked Virginia and the nation, numerous African American leaders from throughout the state joined Gov. Ralph Northam Tuesday afternoon to address the commonwealth on issues the governor called “much more fundamental” than the...
Reinstating parole. Expanding expungement. Boosting public defender pay. Ending police searches based on smell.Newly elected Democratic majorities entered the 60-day legislative session in January with a wide range of criminal justice reform proposals — policies aimed at addressing racial disparities that have risen to the forefront following the death...
With the exception of Richmond and the Northern Virginia region, most of Virginia will move into Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan on Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a news briefing on Tuesday.The relaxed restrictions — normally a marquee announcement for the administration as Virginia continues to...
It’s beginning to look a lot like the mid-1960s across America. For young people, or those unaware of U.S. history, that’s not a good thing.Protests around the country have escalated following the video-recorded  killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man slain May 25 as a white police officer...
As Del. Delores McQuinn spoke about the “explosion” of civil unrest gripping her hometown and cities across the country, she said her 6-year-old granddaughter offered an apt summary of what's been happening.As a TV played news coverage of George Floyd’s death and its aftermath, McQuinn, a longtime Democratic leader...
The third night of protests in Richmond brought arrests, armored vehicles and more tear gas to city streets. From east to west on Broad Street, protesters ran from police enforcing an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.By 9:45 p.m., the Richmond Police...
Protesters in Richmond set fire to the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters and covered Confederate memorials with graffiti during a second night of outrage and violence Saturday that saw one person shot, businesses around the city looted and storefronts torched.Mayor Levar Stoney condemned the destruction, which has played...
Protesters in Richmond and Hampton Roads blocked highways and started fires Friday night as unrest that has gripped the country following the death of George Floyd during his arrest by police in Minnesota spread to Virginia.In Richmond, at least one car, a Dumpster and a GRTC Pulse bus were...
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Virginia prisoners passed the 1,000 mark over Memorial Day weekend, according to the official tally maintained by the Virginia Department of Corrections.As of Monday at 5 p.m., officials reported 1,141 total cases, 12 hospitalizations and six deaths.Virginia has the 10th highest rate...