Racial Profiling and Illegal Searches: How the Fourth Amendment Disproportionately Harms People of Color

The Fourth Amendment guarantees the people a right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.[1] For the most part, this appears to be a straightforward principle. But why is it also often the most controversial? As the American Civil Liberties Union notes, “this is one of our Read more about Racial Profiling and Illegal Searches: How the Fourth Amendment Disproportionately Harms People of Color[…]

Virginia’s Own Tiger King: How the Netflix Documentary Impacted Roadside Zoos

By Jessica Rooke Hey all you cool cats and kittens, remember Tiger King? This sensational Netflix documentary premiered in the height of the 2020 pandemic displaying Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the star known better as “Joe Exotic” and his concerning roadside zoo in Oklahoma. [1]    This documentary did not only just provide entertainment for us stuck at Read more about Virginia’s Own Tiger King: How the Netflix Documentary Impacted Roadside Zoos[…]

Raising Awareness for Virginia’s COVID Rent Relief Program

By Caleb Thompson Virginia’s Rent Relief Program (“RRP”) is a program administered via Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and it exists to help “support and ensure housing stability across the commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic”.[1]The assistance the program provides comes primarily in the form of financial assistance for rent payments, with an opportunity Read more about Raising Awareness for Virginia’s COVID Rent Relief Program[…]

Recidivism in Young Offenders: The Focus on Rehabilitation

By: Jessica King In the United States, approximately 24,000 juveniles are held in detention on a given night. Three hundred thousand young offenders are admitted to detention centers every year.[1]  The sentencing of an offender is driven by three key considerations: punishment, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Rehabilitation often holds the most weight when discussing the sentencing Read more about Recidivism in Young Offenders: The Focus on Rehabilitation[…]

“Proper Cause” the Supreme Court to decide on most consequential Second Amendment Case in a decade

By: Tyler Butt In 2008 the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment “provides an induvial right to keep a handgun at home for self-defense.”[1] Since that ruling, the Supreme Court has largely refused to rule on additional Second Amendment related challenges. However, this upcoming term, the Supreme Court will hear ““perhaps the single most Read more about “Proper Cause” the Supreme Court to decide on most consequential Second Amendment Case in a decade[…]

“New Virginia Law Can Have a Positive Effect on Those Facing Eviction”

By: Albert Gutierrez The eviction situation in Virginia is highly unsettling. In 2016, five of the top ten cities with the highest eviction rates were located in Virginia.[1] The list included cities such as, Richmond, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.[2] Richmond, in particular, was second in the nation, where roughly 1 in 9 renters Read more about “New Virginia Law Can Have a Positive Effect on Those Facing Eviction”[…]

Removing Credit History from the Rental Applicant Screening Process

By: Kaylin Cecchini Evaluating credit history in determining whether a rental applicant will be a “good tenant” is a relic of a racist history in housing accessibility. Credit reports have little to no predictive value for any person but have even larger and compounding complications for people of color.[1] Access to housing is a necessary Read more about Removing Credit History from the Rental Applicant Screening Process[…]

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