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November 19, 2019 WTOP.   Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed For 2020 After Democrats Reclaim Legislature.  Read it here.

November 18, 2019 Richmond Times. Group seeks abolition of death penalty in Va. as Democrats prepare to take control of legislature.  Read it here.

November 17, 2019 Richmond Times. Mark Herring: Justice reform a Virginia necessity.  Read it here.  

November 13, 2019 Daily Press. A look inside the nation’s largest treatment-centered prison, which sits in Chesapeake.  Read it here.

Autumn 2019 The Virginia Defender Newsletter:  V-DEF 15-2 FOR WEB

November 3, 2019 Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter #30.  VAPJN Newsletter #30 November 2019

October 30, 2019 Richmond Times. Judge stresses health care oversight, compliance after prisoner death at women’s prison in Fluvanna.  Read it here.

October 25, 2019 Herald Courier.  DOC: Drug smuggling operation uncovered at Red Onion.  Read it here. 

October 24, 2019 Virginia Mercury.  Black students bear brunt of enforcement as police file more disorderly conduct charges in schools.  Read it here.

Virginia Defender.  Late Summer 2019 issue.  Read it here.

October 3, 2019 Virginia Mercury. Virginia Department of Corrections weighs prison nursery for new mothers.  Read it here.

October 2, 2019  ABC News.  Gov. Northam announces expanded partnership to offer REAL IDs to returning citizens.  Read it here.

September 30, 2019 Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter, Issue 29 (October 1, 2019).VAPJN Newsletter #29 October 2019final

September 29, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Patrick Hope column: Virginia’s sexually violent predator laws have gone too far.  Read it here.

September 23, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmond Times-Dispatch, other media sue to open up entire executions to public viewing.  Read it here.

September 21, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Riverside Regional Jail ends Bible-based ‘God Pod’ amid Muslim inmates’ discrimination lawsuit.  Read it here.

September 20, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Virginia attorney general says habitual drunkard law should not be enforced.  Read it here.

September 20, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch.   Kemba Smith Pradia, pardoned by Clinton, is appointed to Virginia Parole Board.  Read it here.

September 18, 2019  Virginian Pilot.  Virginia prison officials are moving inmates around the state under new plan to “meet the unique needs” of incarcerated women.  Read it here.

September 17, 2019  Daily Progress. Editorial: Further restricting visitors is not smart prison reform.  Read it here.

September 16, 2019 Richmond Times Dispatch. Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide.  Read it here.

September 8, 2019 Virginian-Pilot. Virginia prisons will limit visitor lists, aiming to reduce drug smuggling.  Read it here.

September 5, 2019 Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter.  Issue #28, September:  _VAPJN Newsletter #28

August 22, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. After 20 years in women’s prison, transgender inmate hopes for release into more accepting world.  Read it here.

August 20, 2019 Veer Magazine.  Criminal Justice Reform Now.  Read it here.

August 20, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Editorial: Regional jail’s negligence. Read it here.

August 18, 2019 Daily Progress.  Here’s one viewpoint on Virginia’s gun debate — from behind bars.  Read it here.

August 16, 2019 WVTF.  Prisoners Beset by Bugs and Heat.  Read it here.

August 15, 2019 WRIC. Virginia corrections officers warn: ‘We are cutting corners’.  Read it here.

August 8, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmonder on federal death row reacts to plan to resume executions: ‘We were all really surprised’.  Read it here.

August 7, 2019 Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter.  Issue 27 (August 2019).  VAPJN Newsletter #27

August 6, 2019 Daily Progress. Opinion/Editorial: Lawsuit aims to protect 1st Amendment.  Read it here.

July 29, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Charles Meire column: Lack of ID prevents reintegration into society.  Read it here.

July 26, 2019 Pilot Online.   Judge puts condemnation of Portsmouth jail on hold for 60 days. Read it here.

July 26, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Federal correctional officer charged with sexually assaulting inmate.  Read it here.

July 25, 2019 Richmond Times.  As federal executions resume, 7 death row inmates are from Virginia, including 3 from Richmond. Read it here.

July 25, 2019 NPR.  Muslims Over-Represented In State Prisons, Report Finds.  Read it here.

July 23, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Henrico Board of Supervisors chairman remains opposed to proposal for new low-security jail.  Read it here.

July 19, 2019 WRIC.  Multiple Virginia prisons without AC amid heat warnings.  Read it here. 

July 17, 2019 Daily Progress. Opinion/Editorial: Prison medical care remains unsolved issue.  Read it here.

July 17, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Riverside Regional Jail faulted in two inmate deaths and placed under closer state supervision.  Read it here.

July 1, 2019 Virginia Prison Justice Network newsletter:  VAPJN Newsletter #26

June 25, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Commonwealth Attorney primaries show Virginians are ready for justice reform.  Read it here.

June 20, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch.Outgoing Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s study of root causes of crime spurs little reaction.  Read it here.

June 4, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Northam Creates Task Force to Examine Racial Inequality in Virginia Laws.  Read it here.

June 4, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch.  ACLU lawsuit: Chesterfield apartments’ rental policy that bars felons is racially discriminatory.  Read it here.

June 3, 2019 Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Virginia working to restore driver’s licenses suspended for unpaid fines.  Read it here.

May 28, 2019 Free Lance Star.  EDITORIAL: Ruling establishes cruelty of solitary confinement.  Read it here.

May 28, 2019  June 1, 2019 issue, Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter:  VAPJN Newsletter 25

May 25, 2019 The Intercept.  VIRGINIA PRISONS PUTTING UP OBSTACLES TO RAMADAN OBSERVANCE.  Read it here.

May 19, 2019  Virginian-Pilot.  Before his death, man begged for help at Hampton Roads Regional Jail.  Read it here.

May 17, 2019  Virginian-Pilot.  Thousands in mental health crisis are handcuffed by police. The state wants to cut that number.  Read it here.

May 16, 2019  Lawyers Ask Federal Court to Enforce Better Healthcare at Fluvanna.  Listen to/Read it here.

May 15, 2019  Washington Post.  ‘I’m angry & rageful & sad’: A Virginia inmate’s letters show why solitary confinement should concern us all.  Read it here.

May 8, 2019 WVTF. ‘Free Black Mamas’ Pays Bail and Brings Caregivers Home.  Read it here.

May 6, 2019 WVTF.  ACLU Lawsuit Targets Solitary Confinement.  Read it here.

May 6, 2019 WVTF.  Governor Northam’s Mandatory Minimums Decision Continues to Spark Controversy.  Read it here.

May 6, 2019 ACLU-VA SUES TO END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN TWO VIRGINIA PRISONS.  Read it here.

May 3, 2019 WVTF.   A Growing Call for Criminal Justice Reform.  Read it here.

May 2, 2019 WVTF.  Who’s Granted Parole in Virginia?  Read it here.

May 2, 2019  News Radio WINA.  Inmate says Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women is mismanaging medication.  Read it here.

May 2, 2019  Shore Daily News. GOVERNOR NORTHAM VETOES BILL TO BAN SEX OFFENDERS FROM SHELTERS.  Read it here.

May 1, 2019  May 1 issue of the Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter.  VAPJN Newsletter #24

May 1, 2019  Washington Post.  With two vetoes, Northam swears off mandatory sentencing minimums.  Read it here.

April 30, 2019  Richmond Times. Emergency motion alleges inmate’s life is threatened by health care failures at Fluvanna prison.  Read it here.

April 29, 2019  WVTF.  Prisoner Pleas for Pardons May Take Years.  Read it here.

April 24, 2019  WVTF.  Deported Immigrants Charged with a Felony If They Return to Their Families.  Read it here.

April 12, 2019  Virginia Tech.  Fralin Fellow Studies what happens to juveniles sentenced to adult prisons.  Read it here.

April 9, 2019 Richmond Times.  Riverside Regional Jail hires new chief, who faces daunting operational and financial issues.  Read it here.

April 5, 2019 Virginian-Pilot. Virginia law allows people to legally be declared a drunk. Two-thirds are in Virginia Beach.  Read it here.

April 4, 2019  Richmond Times. Virginia lawmakers vote to scrap license suspensions for unpaid court fees.  Read it here.

April 3, 2019  Staunton News Leader.  Revolving Door:  How Inmates Get Stuck in a Cycle of Resistance, Recidivism and Sometimes, Redemption.  Read it here.

April 2, 2019  Richmond Times Dispatch. Editorial: Why ban JLARC from state meetings.  Read it here.

April 1, 2019 Staunton News Leader. Explaining recidivism rates in Virginia, why the conversation around them is limited.  Read it here.

March 29, 2019  Richmond Times Dispatch. VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL TOLD JAIL DEATH INVESTIGATORS THEY COULD EXCLUDE STATE AUDITORS FROM OBSERVING.  Read it here.

March 13, 2019  Women “seen and not heard”: Inmates at Virginia’s Goochland prison fear lack of medical care.  Read it here.

March 7, 2019 Richmond Times Dispatch.  Prison inmate in ‘solitary’ takes his religious rights claim to federal appeals court.  Read it here.

March 4, 2019 Richmond Times Dispatch.  DROP IN INMATE POPULATION AT RIVERSIDE JAIL HELPS FUEL BUDGET DEFICIT OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.  Read it here.

February 27, 2019 Corrected version of Virginia Prison Justice Newsletter.  NOTE:  the parole study bill did not pass as had been incorrectly cited in the newsletter.  The study on solitary confinement bill has passed the House and the Senate.  This is the corrected version of the newsletter.  Read it here.

February 13, 2019  Virginia Mercury.  Part of the apology tour or business as usual? Northam announces he restored civil rights to nearly 11,000 felons.  Read it here.

February 12, 2019  Daily Press.  Major juvenile justice reform sails through General Assembly.  Read it here.

January 29, 2019  Washington Post.  Criminal discovery reforms delayed in Virginia; police body cameras blamed.  Read it here.

January 29, 2019  WVTF.  Prisoner Sues for Free Speech in VA Prisons.  Read it here.

January 29, 2019 Daily Press.  Easing Virginia’s juvenile trial as adults law wins support. Read it here.

January 27, 2019  Virginian-Pilot. What happened to Jamycheal Mitchell? Best hope for answers rests in 3-year-old criminal probe.  Read it here.

January 26, 2019  Virginian-Pilot. Half of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail employees named in Jamycheal Mitchell lawsuit no longer work there.  Read it here.

January  23, 2019  Daily Press Editorial.  A Prime Opportunity for Prison Reform.  Read it here.

January 22, 2019  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  House subcommittee votes down school discipline bills.  Read it here.

January 22, 2019 Daily Progress.  House Courts Subcommittee K(HB 1689, Fishback) kills Parole Bill.  Read it here.

January 18, 2019  Daily Press.  Less violence, more job training: A new approach pays off at Virginia’s juvenile prison.  Read it here.

January 18, 2019  Virginia Mercury.  Lawmakers clash over prison-made furniture. ‘Do you like the desk in your office? … Well you should bring one from home’.  Read it here.

January 18, 2019  Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter #20.  Read it here.

January 16, 2018  Virginian-Pilot. Two bills would allow Virginia inmates sentenced by misinformed jurors a chance at parole.  Read it here.

January 14, 2019  Virginia Mercury.  Virginia prison officials say they eliminated solitary confinement. Inmates say they just gave it a new name. ‘It’s all very Hannibal Lecter-ish’.  Read it here.

January 14, 2019 WTKR.  Rally urges legislators to reinstate parole in Virginia.  Read it here.

January 12, 2019  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Virginia lawmakers want to limit criminal  charges for student misbehavior.  Read it here.

January 11, 2019  WTKR. Amendment to restore Virginia felons’ voting rights dies along party lines.  Read it here.

January 11, 2019  Richmond Times Dispatch.Virginia lawmakers want to limit criminal charges for student misbehavior in schools.  Read it here.

January 11, 2019  WRIC. Virginia prisoners could get chance at release with proposed bills.  Read it here.

January 8, 2019  Times Union. Prison reform advocates want data on solitary confinement.  Read it here.

January 8, 2019 Two local people hope Virginia House bill will correct a parole gap.  Read it here.

January 8, 2019  Richmond Times-Dispatch. State officials probe two inmate deaths at Riverside Regional, cite falsification of records among concerns.  Read it here. 

January 3, 2019  Eastern Shore Post. Retired Doctor Asks Northampton To Take New Approach To Reduce Suspensions.  Read it here.

January 3, 2019  Daily-Progress. Federal judge finds Fluvanna prison in violation of constitutional medical care standards. Read it here.

January 3, 2019  The Daily-Progress. Judge issues injunction against state over medical care at Fluvanna women’s prison; ruling references at least 4 inmate deaths there since 2016.  Read it here.

January 2, 2019  Richmond Times-Dispatch. J. Daryl Byler column: On criminal justice reform, Virginia should move past Congress’ ‘First Step’.  Read it here.

January 2, 2019  Daily Press.  Carroll Foy: repeal of crime of “habitual drunkard” alcohol purchase.  Read it here.

December 30, 2018  The News & Advance.  Pot Decriminalization on Assembly’s Agenda.  Read it here.

December 30, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Editorial: Better prison chow would be a good next step.  Read it here.

December 30, 2018  Washington Post. Virginia begins steps to repair flawed criminal-records database.  Read it here.

December 28, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Criminal justice bill may significantly impact federal sentences for some Richmond-area drug offenders.  Read it here.

December 27, 2018  Daily Progress.  Opinion/Editorial: Health care in jails still needs upgrade.  Read it here.

December 27, 2018  Virginian-Pilot. Virginia General Assembly will consider marijuana decriminalization again.  Read it here.

December 27, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Bill Farrar column: Virginia Department of Corrections continues inhumane practice of solitary confinement.  Read it here.

December 21, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Judge blocks DMV from suspending licenses for failure to pay fines and costs.  Read it here.

December 20, 2018  Washington Post.  Virginia plans to end driver’s license suspensions for court debt, governor says.  Read it here.

December 19, 2018  Virginian-Pilot. Justice Department says Hampton Roads Regional Jail’s treatment of inmates “cruel and unusual”.  Read it here.

December 18, 2018  Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter #19.  Read it here.

December 18, 2018  Daily Press.  New School of Justice.  Read it here.

December 17, 2018 Virginia Mercury. State health department wants extension of needle-exchange law.  Read it here.

December 16, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Trump’s nominee for attorney general helped create Virginia’s current criminal sentencing system.  Read it here.

December 15, 2018 Daily Press.  Is Disruption in School a Crime?  Read it here.

December 14, 2018 News Leader. Former prosecutor’s letter could be the key to inmate’s freedom.  Read it here.

December 13, 2018  Virginian-Pilot. The biggest obstacle to reforming how American jails handle mentally ill inmates: a lack of accountability.  Read it here.

December 13, 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Virginia Supreme Court: Judge erred in rejecting name change request for federal transgender inmate.  Read it here.

December 11, 2018 Washington Post.  Virginia’s progress with solitary confinement may not be all it’s cracked up to be.  Read it here.

November 30, 2018 Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter.  Issue #18.  Read it here.

November 29, 2018 Sun Gazette Newspaper. Delegate aims to get more data on Va. solitary confinement.  Read it here.

November 24, 2018.  The Daily Progress.  Flawed testimony helped send people to Virginia prisons. But the state doesn’t know how many.  Read it here.

November 24, 2018.  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Virginia Isn’t Alone in Secrecy About Executions.  Read it here.

November 20, 2018.  The Free Lance-Star. EDITORIAL: A better approach to juvenile justice.  Read it here.

November 19, 2018. The Daily Progress. Incidents of black people stopped by city police far less likely to result in arrests vs. whites.  Read it here.

November 19, 2018.  The Daily Progress.  How can Virginia save money on inmate health care? Let more old and sick prisoners free, audit says.  Read it here.

November 15, 2018. Arlington Now. Public Defenders Blast Arlington Prosecutor’s Cash Bail Reforms as ‘Misleading’ and Ineffective.  Read it here.

November 15, 2018.  The Roanoke Times. Federal court opens drug treatment court to fight addiction.  Read it here.

November 14, 2018.  The Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch.  PRJ Agreement with DOJ Ends.  Read it here.

November 13, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Virginia spends $6,500 per prison inmate on health care each year. A new report shows the state could reduce that cost.  Read it here.

November 12, 2018.  The Virginian-Pilot. Editorial: Virginia should do more to restore felons’ voting rights.  Read it here.

November 11, 2018.  WTOP.  Disproportionate Suspension of Students of Color Addressed in Virginia.  Read it here.

November 11, 2018 Autumn edition of The Virginia Defender newspaper.  Read it here.

November 9, 2018.  The Virginian-Pilot. Virginia wants to help people with mental illness navigate the criminal justice system.  Read it here.

November 8, 2018.  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Williams: Historically conservative Chesterfield has elected a progressive prosecutor. What this means for criminal justice.Read it here.

November 1, 2018  Governor Northam Continues McAuliffe’s Felon Voting Rights Restoration.  Read it here.

October 31, 2018  Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter #17.  Read it here.

October 29, 2018. Virginian-Pilot.  Editorial: Virginia’s bond system needs overhaul.  Read it here.

October 29, 2018  NPR.  As Decision On New Central Virginia Youth Prison Looms, Advocates Continue Push For Residential Alternatives.  Read it here.

October 27, 2018. Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Kishore and Macy column: To fight addiction and infectious disease, stop criminalizing syringes.  Read it here.

October 25, 2018  Daily Progress.  Opinion/Editorial: State must improve crime data.  Read it here.

October 25, 2018  WVTF.   New Report: Suspension Rates Higher Among Black Students in Virginia.  Read it here.

October 22, 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Judge rules Virginia’s judiciary not subject to FOIA.  Read it here.

October 22, 2018  NBC29.  Herring Calls for Reforms to Virginia’s Cash Bail System.  Read it here.

October 18, 2018  Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter #16.  Read it here.

October 18, 2018  Washington Post.  Time for Maryland and Virginia to end solitary confinement.  Read it here.

October 15, 2018  Giving hope: Court program helps people with mental illness avoid jail.  Read it here.

October 15, 2018  Domestic violence takes a heavy toll on police, courts.  Read it here.

October 15, 2018  Virginian-Pilot. “I need some help please”: A woman died in a Virginia prison after begging for medical care. Read it here.

October 6, 2018 Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter #15.  Special issue includes profiles on all the organizations in the network.  Read it here.

October 3, 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Editorial: Justice demands the best tools – science, shoe leather, determination.  Read it here.

September 28, 2018  Washington Post.  $750,000 settlement reached in death of mentally ill inmate in Fairfax County.  Read it here.

September 26, 2018  Sputnik News.  Virginia suspends ban prohibiting visitors using tampons. Read it here.  

September 25, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Moran stops policy that would bar women from wearing tampons.  Read it here.

September 24, 2018  NPR.  Virginia Prisons Ban Visitors From Wearing Tampons, Citing Contraband Concerns.  Read it here.

September 19, 2018  NPR. Virginia Prison Population Growing Older, More Expensive To Treat.  Read it here.

September 18, 2018  Virginian-Pilot.  Women in Virginia are being incarcerated at an alarming rate, ACLU says.  Read it here.

September 17, 2018 Right on Crime.  Sentencing Reform is Critical for Youth in the Justice System.  Read it here.

September 17, 2018  Winchester Star.  Local prosecutors say they will continue pursuing minor marijuana cases.  Read it here.

September 16, 2018  The News & Advance.  Solitary Confinement is ‘Cruel and Unusual’.  Read it here.

September 15, 2018  Virginia Prison Justice Newsletter #14.  Read it here.

September 12, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Amended lawsuit challenges Va. law that suspends driver’s licenses for failure to pay court fees.  Read it here.

September 12, 2018  Washington Post.  Driver’s License Suspensions “Trap” Poor people in a “nightmarish spiral”  lawsuit says.  Read it here.

September 6, 2018.  Richmond Times Dispatch.  Increases in female jail and prison populations warrant changes, ACLU says.Read it here.

September 5, 2018 The Daily Progress.  Opinion/Editorial: Some progress in jail death investigations.  Read it here.

September 5, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Major changes to Virginia pretrial discovery rules adopted by Virginia Supreme Court, effective next year.  Read it here.

September 5, 2018  WVTF.  Prisoner fighting for reform from the inside, placed in solitary confinement.  Read it here.

September 4, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Mentally ill man held in solitary confinement in Va. prison for 12 1/2 years, ACLU says.  Read it here.

September 3, 2018 Teen Vogue.  How the on-going prison strike is connected to the labor movement.  Read it here.

September 2, 2018  Virginian-Pilot. Timothy Heaphy: Prisons can’t improve until sentencing does.  Read it here.

August 25, 2018  Virginia Prison Justice Network newsletter.  Issue #13.  Read it here.

August 24, 2018 Richmond Times-Dispatch. Skype-like service will provide a new way for Virginia prison inmates and families to communicate.  Read it here.

August 23, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  $8,000 bonuses offered to Virginia correctional officers who will transfer to understaffed Augusta prison.  Read it here.

August 23, 2018 The Virginian-Pilot.  Horrific deaths, brutal treatment: Mental illness in America’s jails.  Read it here. 

August 15, 2018.  Solitary Confinement is the Worst Thing To Do To Anyone.  (ACLU blog) Read it here.

August 15, 2018  WCVE.  RISE for Youth Organization Makes Plans for Youth Prison Reform.  Listen to audio and/or read it here.

August 12, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch. Authorities, defense lawyers and others divided on proposals to increase information shared prior to criminal trials.  Read it here.

August 10, 2018  WRIC.  Corrections officers living in tiny trailers, hours from family to cover critical shortages.  Read it here.

August 10, 2018 The Virginian Pilot.  Defense wanted to photograph their injured client in jail. It took a court order.  Read it here.

August 10, 2018  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Authorities, defense lawyers and others divided on proposals to increase information shared prior to criminal trials.  Read it here.

August 8, 2018  Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter, Issue #12.  Read it here.

July 31, 2018 WCVE PBS Radio. Virginia Senator Seeks Resentencing for Convicts Caught in Parole Window.  Listen to the audio here.

July 16, 2018 Virginia Prison Justice Network newsletter, issue #11.  Read it here.

July 15, 2018  Pilot Online.  Valerie Slater: Youth prisons are harmful to children, families.  Read it here.

July 9, 2018  ABC News.  ‘I left because of the stress’: Critical shortage of corrections officers raising safety concerns.  Read it here.

July 5, 2018  Drivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt.  Read it here.

July 2, 2018 Virginia Prison Justice Network Newsletter, issue #10.  Read it here.

June 23, 2018 The Virginia Defender.  Read the summer issue here.

June 21, 2018 Daily Progress.  Northam orders probe of immigrant complaints at Valley juvenile facility.  Read it here.

June 18, 2018 VAPJN Newsletter, issue #9.  Read it here.

June 18, 2018 Daily Progress.  Opinion/Editorial: Pushing for prison health is right move.  Read it here.

June 17, 2018.  Richmond Times Dispatch.  Groundbreaking Monday for $110 million expansion of treatment center for civilly committed sex offenders.  Read it here.

June 15, 2018.  Daily Progress.  Federal judge takes Fluvanna women’s prison case under advisement, might tour facility.  Read it here.

June 14, 2018 Daily Progress.  Corrections officials say bad news hurt efforts to fix Fluvanna women’s prison.  Read it here.

June 13, 2018. Daily Press.  Sen. Mamie Locke op/ed: Youth prisons are poor choice for Virginia.  Read it here.

June 11, 2018 Daily Progress.  Testimony heard in case arguing Fluvanna prison not abiding by settlement.  Read it here.

June 10, 2018   Daily Progress.   Effort to allow recording of inmate interviews flounders.  Read it here.

June 3, 2018 Richmond Times Dispatch. Medical contractor ends relationship with Richmond City Justice Center following poor review (It cited, among other issues, CMC double-charging inmates for medication and not paying outside vendors on time).  Read about it here.

June 3, 2018 Washington Post.  Horrifying reports from solitary confinement prove Virginia still has far to go.  Read about it here.

June 1, 2018 Daily Progress. Opinion/Editorial: Jail death investigations yield little.  Read it here.

May 2018  Prison Policy.  The Company Store:  A Deeper Look at Prison Commissaries.  Read it here.

May 23, 2018  Washington Post.  ‘No relief in sight’: Hundreds of Virginia inmates languish in solitary confinement for years, groups find.   Read it here.

May 23, 2018 The Daily Progress.  Opinion/Editorial: Decades-old law could unfairly jail offenders.  Read it here.

May 19, 2018 VAPJN (Virginia Prison Justice Newsletter).  Issue number 8.  Read it here.

May 19, 2018 The Virginia Defender.   Prison Justice Speak-Out in Richmond, VA.  Read about it here.

May 17, 2018 Coalfield Progress.  Wallens Ridge, Red Onion methods challenged.  Read it here.

May 17, 2018 Richmond Times Dispatch.  Prison reform advocates to hold forum Saturday at Richmond church.  Read about it here.

May 14, 2018  CBS News. Bill to reform mandatory prison sentencing rules introduced.  Read about it here.

May 11, 2018 Richmond Times Dispatch.  Mother says inmate back in solitary in Virginia after she campaigns with ACLU.  Read about it here.

May 10, 2018  Roanoke Times.  Koeppel: Invest in communities, not new youth prisons.  Read it here.

May 10, 2018 Richmond Times Dispatch. ‘Silent injustice’ ACLU report critical of solitary confinement in Virginia prisons, calls for limiting the practice to no more than 15 days.  Read about it here.

May 6, 2018 Virginia Prisoner Justice Newsletter #7 PrisonNewsletter180508 (1)

May 6, 2018 Richmond Times.   Politically Active Virginia Inmate, Now in Solitary, Transferred Three Times After Complaints About Prisons.  Read about it here.

May 5, 2018.  Richmond Times.  Study finds ‘stunning’ justice gap in Virginia civil cases.  Read about it here.

May 5, 2018 Wall Street Journal.  Opioid vs. Crack: Congress Reconsiders Its Approach to Drug Epidemic.  Read about it here.

May 4, 2018.  U.S. Prison Officials Rescind Policy Restricting Books Behind Bars.   Read about it here.

April 26, 2018  The Grio.  Inside Jared Kushner and Donald Trump’s prison reform scam.  Read about it here.

April 26, 2018 Washington Post.  Privately Run Prisoner Transport Company Kept Detainee Shackled for 18 Days in Human Waste, Lawsuit Alleges.  (A Virginia transport company) Read about it here.

April 25, 2018  Gov. Northam Signs Bill Requiring Prisons and Jails to Supply Feminine Products.  Read about it here.

April 18, 2018  Governor visits jail, calls heroin recovery program ‘eye-opening’.  Read about it here.

April 16, 2018 Virginia Pilot. Virginian-Pilot reporter Tim Eberly named Pulitzer Prize finalist.  Read about it here.  NOTE:  Virginian-Pilot reporter Tim Eberly was named as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the investigative reporting category Monday for his series on Virginia’s “three strikes” law, which denied the chance for parole to some felons.

April 16, 2018 Issue #6 Virginia Prison Justice Network newsletterRead it here. NOTE. I just noticed a mistake in the newsletter. If prisoners want to share their stories on toxic prison, send to CFJ PO Box 299, Blacksburg, VA 24063. In the newsletter, the zipcode is wrong. Sorry all.

April 11, 2018:   WCVE.  Activists Rally as Legislature Negotiates Juvenile Justice Facilities.  Read about it here.

April 10, 2018 Roanoke Times. Roanoke City Jail wrongful death lawsuit still working through court system.  Read about it here.

April 10, 2018  Roanoke City Jail opens new mental health unit,  Read about it here.  Note:  Since 2013, five people died by suicide while in jail custody, making the jail’s suicide rate more than triple the national average

April 9, 2018 Richmond Times. Reports: Thousands of ‘low risk’ offenders not being diverted from prison.  Read about it here.

March 27, 2018.  
Time Magazine.  Toxic Shock, Emergency Hysterectomies.  #MeToo Helps Shine Light on Prison Tampon Shortages.  Read about it here.

March 20, 2018 Winchester Star. Bill to reduce sentences in exchange for info passes.  Read about it here.

March 21, 2018 Virginia Pilot.  Hampton Roads Regional Jail superintendent resigns, barely a year into the job.  Read about it here.

March 14, 2018  Washington Post.  Where America’s future prisoners are born.  Read about it here.

March 14, 2018  Daily Press. Department of Corrections Fails Families.  Read about it here.

March 13, 2018 The Verge.  A new bill could finally ban predatory inmate phone costs.  Read about it here.

March 12, 2018:  Feds’ crackdown on violence begins with double prosecution of Roanoke man (A Roanoke man is being legally prosecuted twice for the same crime to extend his time behind bars.)  Read about it here.

March 11, 2018 Daily Press.  Jordyn Charity suicide and overcoming secrecy in state prison system.  Read about it here.

March 10, 2018  Fox 40.  Movement Focuses on the Mistreatment of Incarcerated Women.  Read about it here.

March 8, 2018  Richmond Times. 44-year-old inmate at state prison for women in Goochland, who was due to be released June 1, died Thursday.  Read about it here.

March 7, 2018 Free-Lance Star.  EDITORIAL: More treatment, less incarceration for mentally ill.  Read about it here.

March 2, 2018  Richmond Times. Should lawyers share evidence before criminal trials? Va. Supreme Court considers changes to discovery rules.  Read about it here.

March 2, 2018 House panel puts off bill to repeal law on court fines, driver’s licenses.  Read about it here.

March 1, 2018 Letter to the editor, Roanoke Times “Need to Deal with Inmate Health Costs “.  Read it here.

February 26, 2018  Little-known tax breaks can help former prisoners rebuild their lives.  Read about it here.

February 17, 2018 Rebuffing Sessions, senators advance criminal justice reform bill.  Read about it here.

February 14, 2018 Senate passes bill barring pre-K through 3rd grade suspensions. (Slowing down the school to courthouse pipeline). Read about it here.

February 14, 2018  Senate approves end to suspension for unpaid fines (The Virginia Senate has overwhelmingly approved repealing Virginia’s mandatory driver’s license suspension for those who fail to pay court fines or costs.) Read about it here.

February 12, 2018 Advocacy groups oppose bi-partisan ‘deal’ on felony larceny threshold.  Read about it here.

February 9, 2018 Washington Post, opinions. Suspending common sense in Virginia.  Read it here.

February 9, 2019  Richmond Online, editorial.  Valerie Slater column: Youth prisons don’t reflect our values.  Read it here.

February 9, 2019 Virginia Pilot.  Northam, Republicans announce compromise on felony threshold.  Read about it here.

February 7, 2018 Virginia Pilot.  Poll finds Virginians want higher minimum wage and easing of drug laws.  Read about it here.

February 7, 2018 Richmond Times.  Lawmakers advance compensation bills with $7.5 million or more for five wrongfully convicted men.   Read about it here.

February 7, 2018 Richmond Times:  Northam makes house visit to Bon Air to support juvenile justice reforms.  Read about it here.

February 6, 2018: WVTF:  Virginia Debates New Rehab Centers for Kids. Read about it here.

February 6, 2018: WVTF. http://wvtf.org/post/new-approach-juvenile-justice. Read about it here.

February 6, 2018 Richmond Times.  Virginia bill would aid people like Keith Harward, wrongfully convicted by ‘junk’ forensic science.  Read about it here.

February 6, 2018 Daily Press.  Mullin bill would allow pretrial appeals in juvenile cases  Read about it here.

February 3, 2018 Roanoke Times: Juvenile justice system at crossroads in transformation.  Read about it here.

February 2, 2018  Old Town Alexandria Patch:  Virginia Incarceration Rate: See How It Stacks Up To Other States.  Read about it here.

February 1, 2018  The Marshall Project. The Day ICE Knocked on My Door.  Read about it here.

February 1, 2018.  Dem Delegates Promote Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives.  Read about it here.

January 31, 2018 The Associated Press. How mass incarceration harms U.S. health, in 5 charts.  Read about it here.

January 29, 2018  Richmond Times Dispatch.  Lawmakers introduce bills aimed at curbing school-to-prison pipeline.  Read about it here.

January 26, 2018  Officials concerned about potential staff cuts at federal prison in SWVA. Read about it here   (Our note: Mass incarceration isn’t cheap!)

January 24, 2018  Washington Post.  Virginia’s largest county to scale back immigrant detention. Read about it here.

January 24, 2018  Washington Post.  Are Florida prisons suppressing an inmate strike or just lying about it?  Read about it here.

January 2018  Something you should know! Virginia ranks 5th in the nation for the affordability of a 15 minute call — $3,794,747.49 paid in 2017.  Percentage of call cost going to kickbacks: 35%.  Read about it here.

January 16, 2018  US News: Bills Seek to Disrupt ‘School-To-Prison Pipeline’.  Read about it here.

January 16, 2018
The Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality wrote an excellent article on the rally. You can read the online version here.

The Richmond Free Press photo story is on page 12 of the current issue of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality and can be viewed as a pdf here: http://richmondfreepress.com/news/general-news/

January 15, 2018.  ACLU.  Ending Mass Incarceration Is a Winner for Politicians.  Read bout it here.

January 15, 2018 Richmond Times Dispatch. Bill would change Virginia’s ‘three-strikes’ law on parole eligibility.  Read about it here.

January 11, 2018 Washington Post.  The decline of mass incarceration is good for everyone.  Read about it here.

January 10, 2018  WTOP:  Number of women in Virginia prisons jumps dramatically. Read the story here.

January 10, 2018  US News.  Sheriff Criticizes Mental Health System as Inmate Found Dead.  Read about it here.

December 27, 2017  NBC 29’s three part report on Virginia’s parole system
In this 3-part series, NBC29 looked at how 22 years of the Truth in Sentencing Act has affected the criminal justice system. Truth in sentencing is a 1995 law that requires criminals serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible to be considered for release.
part 1 part 2 part 3