The incarceration rate in Virginia and around the country has fallen from 1,000 prisoners per 100,000 adults in 2008 to 830 prisoners per 100,000 adults today. This has been largely accomplished by local authorities adopting a more proactive approach and focusing on rehabilitation and reducing recidivism. However, more than 2 million people still remain incarcerated in state detention facilities, and the recently passed FIRST STEP Act does not offer them any relief.
Over the past few years, digital privacy and security have been an issue that has been a hot topic, resurfacing in the media time and again. With that in mind, the citizens of Virginia might be interested to know that a Californian judge just issued a historic ruling that has the potential to be a landmark decision: The judge ruled that the government does not have the right to force individuals to unlock their phones using their biometrics, including the individual's face, fingerprint, or iris.
Throughout Virginia courtrooms and across the United States, the number of misdemeanor arrests and charges appear to be swelling. While there is no definitive nationwide data available, an expert in the field estimates that misdemeanors now take up 80 percent of dockets in the United States.
No one enjoys seeing flashing lights in the rearview mirror. With their badges, guns and handcuffs, police officers can be quite intimidating. If you have committed a crime, though, interacting with law enforcement personnel can be downright frightening.
Virginia motorists may face a more serious likelihood of a drunk driving arrest if the recommendations of a panel are enacted by the state. The federal government commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to make recommendations that could help to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents on the road. Each year, around 10,000 people lose their lives in such crashes across the country.
Two Virginia residents are facing long prison sentences after four Fredericksburg police officers suffered unintentional overdoses after coming in contact with their drugs. The 34-year-old man was convicted on two counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute as well as five counts of possession of illegal drugs, while the 28-year-old woman was convicted of seven counts of possession of illegal drugs. After rendering its verdicts, jurors recommended a 19-year sentence for the man and an 11-year sentence for the woman.