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 Music

Taylor Swift ‘Shakes Off’ country image

taylorswift

The "Shake It Off" singer fought with her record label to ditch her country girl image and become a pop star.

in Entertainment

TLC cancels ‘Honey Boo Boo’

honeybooboo

The hit reality TV show is off the air after allegations family matriarch Mama June is dating a convicted sex offender.

in Entertainment

Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in new biopic

bale

The "Dark Knight" star will portray the late Apple Computer co-founder.

in Music

Britney Spears to get key to Vegas, her own day

britney

Sin City will celebrate Britney Spears Day on Nov. 5.

in Entertainment, Viral Videos

Zack Galifianakis interviews Brad Pitt on ‘Between Two Ferns’

twoferns

The comic gets in some good digs at the "Fury" star in this hilariously awkward interview that's crashed by Louis C.K.