Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system at both the national and local level consists of law enforcement agencies, courts with judges and attorneys and corrections from community-release programs to maximum-security prisons.  After decades of increasing the nation's prison population, however, many states are looking for less costly alternatives for punishing nonviolent offenders. The rise of DNA testing as a forensic tool, and the subsequent release from death row of inmates wrongly convicted, has fueled the movement to abolish the death penalty with Connecticut becoming the 17th state abolished capital punishment in April 2012. Overall crime rates have been trending downward for more than a decade for a variety of reasons from better policing and social programs to an aging population, according to experts.  That in turn has reduced the potency of crime as an issue for politicians campaigning on their toughness on criminals.  And with the economy in crisis, pollsters are finding the public more concerned about jobs than crime.


Related Legislation

SB 655 Compensation for wrongful incarceration

Compensation for wrongful incarceration.  Eliminates 20-year maximum for calculating compensation for wrongful incarceration… more »

SB 626 Urinating in public

Crimes; urinating in public.  Creates the crime of urinating in public, punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor. more »

SB 622 Child abuse

Mandatory reporting of child abuse; penalty; damages. Adds individuals associated with or employed by any public organization… more »

SB 586 Felonies by prisoners

Crimes by prisoners; penalties.  Provides that a prisoner may be charged under both the crimes by prisoners Code section… more »

SB 547 Assault and battery

Assault and battery a felony when certain classes of people are victimized; penalty. Expands the class of people for whom,… more »
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Virginia (change)

Virginia was founded in 1607 in Jamestown. Since then, Virginia has grown and prospered into a thriving state rich with diversity from culture to climate.
Offices & Officials

Governor: Robert F. McDonnell
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Secretary of State: Janet Polarek