criminal justice

War on Children, Chapter 3

Editors’ Note: This is Chapter 3 of a six-chapter expose by ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit “newsroom” that produces investigative journalism “with moral force.” The treatment of children in Tennessee reported here, of whatever race, by local officials, is almost unimaginable…. Read More ›

State Treatment of Black–and Other–Children

Editors’ Note: This is Chapter 1 of a six-chapter expose by ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit “newsroom” that produces investigative journalism “with moral force.” The treatment of children in Tennessee reported in this article–of whatever race–by state officials is almost unimaginable…. Read More ›

Aborting Democratic Elections

There is a corollary to the adage about power and corruption. Election victories cause visions of power to infect reason. Virginia’s newly elected attorney general, Jason Miyares, announced that he would seek legislation from the General Assembly authorizing his office… Read More ›

Cruel and Unusual

Every so often a newspaper report presents information that prompts head scratching and/or the question: what was the thinking here? No one would dispute that our prison or, more precisely, corrections system, is both overcrowded and in need of deep… Read More ›

Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney

On November 5, 2019, Fairfax County residents will vote for candidates for the office of Commonwealth Attorney [OCA] to serve a four-year term. In the absence of a lay or civilian review board, this opportunity for the electorate to voice… Read More ›

OTHER VOICES: Life After Prison in Virginia

Editors’ Note: Reprinted from the Roanoke Times edition of March 24, 2018. “Civil death,” an anachronism from ancient times, continues to hamper contemporary criminal justice progress and reintegration of ex-offenders into society. By Ronald Fraser With each criminal conviction the… Read More ›