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January 15, 2018

Bill Would Change Virginia's 'Three-Strikes' Law on Parole Eligibility

The bill would amend what has been dubbed the three-time-loser or three-strikes law, under which inmates convicted of three separate murders, rapes or robberies -- or any combination of the three -- involving a deadly weapon, could be stripped of parole eligibility if the offenses were not part of "a common act, transaction or scheme."

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »
January 07, 2018

Changes in 'Three Strikes and You're Out' Law, Practice Could Affect Hundreds of Inmates

A Northern Virginia lawmaker has filed legislation to amend Virginia's "three strikes and you're out" law to require that inmates be convicted of one crime before another "strike" is counted against them.

Read more (Daily Press) »
August 08, 2017

The Practical Case for Parole for Violent Offenders

This article asks the question: "are prisoners who have served long sentences for violent crimes genuinely capable of reforming and not reoffending? The evidence says yes.

Read more (The New York Times) »
August 08, 2017

Former Inmates Create Richmond Program to Tackle Violence

An effort is in full swing to crack down on crime. The program is connecting former inmates with youth and young adults to steer them away from violence.

Read more (NBC12) »
November 16, 2016

Is Grief a Disease?

Research shows that grief is an individualized experience with no specific formula or time frame.

Read more (The Atlantic) »
June 27, 2016

Supreme Court: Domestic Abusers can be Banned from Owning Firearms

In a 6-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court decided last month that the federal Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban applies to those convicted under state law of misdemeanor domestic abuse, including “reckless” behavior.

Read more (The Washington Post) »
June 24, 2016

Who Blames the Victim?

Studies have shown that the more strongly you privilege loyalty, obedience and purity — as opposed to values such as care and fairness — the more likely you are to blame the victim.

Read more (The New York Times) »
June 06, 2016

Stanford Sexual Assault Case: Victim Impact Statement

A sexual assault victim has written an unflinching account of the crime and its aftermath in a 7,000 word statement that she delivered in court. Since being released by the district attorney’s office, it has been viewed more than four million times.

Read more (The Guardian) »
April 23, 2016

After 33 Years in Prison for Crimes He Didn't Commit, Keith Harward Adjusts to Freedom, Family, Technology

Keith Harward was charged with capital murder, and the state sought the death penalty for the horrific crimes. Instead, he was sentenced to life by the jury. After 33 years in prison, he was found innocent.

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »
April 22, 2016

Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons

Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons.

Read more (The New York Times) »
April 15, 2016

This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

It's a bakery in Alexandria, Va., that makes granola, cookies and kale chips for local eateries and a local Whole Foods store. It's also a job-training and coaching program for women who need a second chance — many of whom have served time in prison, or are on probation following criminal charges.

Read more (The Salt) »