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June 27, 2019

A Murder on the Rappahannock River

A little over 30 years ago, a Northern Neck fisherman named Emerson Stevens went to prison for the brutal slaying of a homecoming queen and mother of two. Now, a reexamination of the case by a hard-charging UVA lawyer has turned up troubling questions. Did police have the wrong man?

Read more (Washingtonian) »
January 16, 2019

Two Bills Would Allow Virginia Inmates Sentenced by misinformed Jurors a Chance at Parole

This legislative session, two bills have been proposed -- one each in the House and Senate -- that would give inmates sentenced by juries during 1995-2000 a chance at parole.

Read more (The Virginian-Pilot) »
January 02, 2019

J. Daryl Byler Column: On Criminal Justice Reform, Virginia Should Move Past Congress' 'First Step'

The U.S. Congress recently passed a criminal justice reform bill that would reduce sentences for many nonviolent offenders and cut recidivism rates by reducing the barriers prisoners face in rejoining their communities in productive ways. But the Senate’s “First Step Act” applies only to the small sliver of persons (about 180,000) incarcerated in the U.S. federal system.

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »
December 20, 2018

'I'm Burned Out. I Have Nothing Else to Give,' Richmond Police Chief Says on His Last Day at Work

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham Retired effective December 31, 2018 but not without recognizing that violent crime has decreased 8 percent this year, compared with the same period last year. Durham credits the decreases to programs such as RVA League for Safer Streets, a basketball league for young adult men in the city’s housing complexes, and LIFE, or Law enforcement Intervention Focusing on Education, a nine-week program that diverts youths from the juvenile court system.

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »
August 18, 2018

Virginia native, Hall of Famer Allen Iverson Attends Final Game of Basketball League Built to Reduce Crime in Richmond

Paul Taylor, recently released on parole, invites former all-star and native Virginian Allen Iverson to attend the final game of a basketball league he built to help reduce crime in Richmond, Virginia.

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »

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