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Suspect lineups in Virginia remain vulnerable to misidentification

Two years ago, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services took steps to ensure that fewer Virginians will be misidentified as criminal suspects in eyewitness lineups. The agency acted to limit misidentification primarily because the people of Virginia can only truly have faith in the criminal justice system if it prosecutes individuals fairly and if …

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Study: Racial disparity exists in marijuana-related arrest rates

Newly released federal data suggests that a disturbing trend has developed in regards to drug arrests in America. The data indicates that in 2010 alone, black Americans were arrested for simple possession and related marijuana charges at rates between three and eight times higher than white Americans were. This data is particularly disturbing given that the …

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Virginia may reform its sex crime laws

Some laws are crystal clear, while others are riddled with nuance and exceptions. When it comes to laws involving intimacy, most crimes are fairly obvious. Adults may legally engage in consensual sexual encounters, provided that both parties are of sound mind and are not related closely by blood. Generally, sex crimes all exist in scenarios that do …

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New Virginia Ignition Interlock Law Sparks Debate

Virginia’s recently-passed ignition interlock law has set off a debate between groups battling drunk driving and those that represent offenders about whether the new law goes too far. An ignition interlock system works by disabling the car if the driver has been drinking. A car with an installed ignition interlock will not start if the …

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Virginia Steps Closer to Ignition Interlock for 1st Time DUI

First-time driving under the influence (DUI) offenders could soon be forced to install an ignition interlock system on their cars. The Senate recently passed House Bill 279, which extends current ignition interlock requirements to those who’ve been convicted of only one DUI. Virginia requires an ignition interlock device for repeat DUI offenders — those who’ve been convicted …

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