Criminal justice issues and sentencing reform have garnered a great deal of attention in Virginia and across the country. An unlikely coalition is supporting one bill in Congress to address some of the problems that have tainted the system, the First Step Act. The bill has bipartisan support and is backed by, among others, the American Civil Liberties Union and President Trump. Despite presenting only a modest reform agenda that fails to address many of the key concerns raised by justice reform advocates, opponents of the bill have continued to say that its adoption presents a threat to safety.
Criminal justice reform is a major concern to many people in Virginia, especially those dealing with drug convictions. After years of criticism about the ways disadvantaged groups are treated, the First Step Act is being considered in Congress. The bill is backed by an unusual alliance of supporters, including President Donald Trump and some law enforcement groups as well as the American Civil Liberties Union and other longtime justice reform advocates.
A Virginia Beach woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in a man's overdose death in 2016. Earlier this year, she pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or II class drug and violating conditions of release.
A 25-year-old Virginia man is facing a raft of charges including drunk driving after allegedly attempting to flee the scene of a traffic stop during the early morning hours of Nov. 3. Media accounts indicate that the Midland resident's secured bond has been set at $3,000 and he is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
A 25-year-old woman who had once appeared on a reality show produced by Lifetime is headed to prison after she entered guilty pleas for manslaughter, driving the wrong way and disobeying highway signage. A judge in a Virginia court sentenced her to 16 years because she had caused a fatal accident while intoxicated.