News

Group Says Too Many Inmates Locked Up For Too Long

Group Says Too Many Inmates Locked Up For Too Long

Photo: WINA

A nonprofit group wants Virginia to follow the lead of sister states that are cutting costs and reducing prison populations without compromising public safety. The Justice Policy Institute says the Commonwealth is about to exceed $1 billion in annual spending on corrections for the first time in five years. Despite a growing prison population, the General Assembly has rejected proposals to cut prison time for certain nonviolent offenders. The group’s latest report shows Virginia has the nation’s second longest average length of prison stay. The report’s authors list longer sentences, parole abolition, reduced good-time credits and low early-release rates as factors. Harold Clarke (pictured), who became Virginia’s Corrections chief in November 2010, has been reappointed by Governor McAuliffe.

 

Latest Stories

in Entertainment

Want something sold? Get Liam Neeson to pitch it

liamneeson

The "Taken" star has edged out fellow Irish actor Pierce Brosnan to be named the most effective celebrity pitchman.

in Entertainment

‘The Shining’ cast reunites for 35th anniversary

Updated
shining

Members of the cast and crew of classic horror film “The Shining” came together on Tuesday to commemorate the 35th…

in Entertainment

‘Saved by the Bell’ star headed to trial in alleged Christmas stabbing

dustindiamond

The actor who portrayed Screech on the hit '90s show faces multiple charges relating to a bar fight.

in Entertainment

‘Game of Thrones’ star overwhelmed with fame

maisiewilliams

One of the hit show's youngest cast members says she is struggling to cope with the fame that comes with her role.

in Music

B.B. King’s lawyer blames star’s will for ‘poison’ allegation

bbking

The late blues great's lawyer says money is the motivation behind the claims.