Eliminating Mandatory Minimums in Virginia

By: Kaylin Cecchini The United States criminal justice system needs a multitude of reforms to be a productive force for justice, reduced crime and recidivism, and safety.[1] The United States, in all jurisdictions, is fond of imprisonment with “a total custodial population of more than 2.2 million people, constituting almost a quarter of the world’s Read more about Eliminating Mandatory Minimums in Virginia[…]

Federal Rule of Evidence 410, helpful? or hurtful?

By: Max Petrie Federal Rule of Evidence 410 provides that a defendant’s statements made during plea negotiations, when those negotiations do not result in a guilty plea, cannot later be used as evidence against the defendant.[1] Ideally, this creates a better atmosphere for negotiation, in which both the prosecution and the defense can be more Read more about Federal Rule of Evidence 410, helpful? or hurtful?[…]

Is Social Media the Most Unsafe Place for Teens?

By: Jessica King The internet, something everchanging in its utilization, but as well known, the law does not function well in a state of constant flux. A frequent topic inducing questions is the regulation of social media when pertaining to communications, especially with the increased usage of different apps, such as Snapchat. Sextortion, a crime Read more about Is Social Media the Most Unsafe Place for Teens?[…]

Virginia Expected to End Mask Mandates in Schools Via Statute

By: Tyler Butt Earlier this Year, Virginia’s Governor Glenn Youngkin singed Executive Order 2. Which, as of January 24th ends mask mandates in Virginia Schools.[1] Executive Order 2 states that the reason to end Virginia’s school masking policy now is because “recent government orders requiring every virtually every child in Virginia to wear masks virtually Read more about Virginia Expected to End Mask Mandates in Schools Via Statute[…]

No Rental Assistance for Chesterfield County in the Midst of a COVID Spike

By: Jennifer Hernandez With the surge of COVID, millions of Americans lost their jobs and suffered severe financial losses.[1] Without a reliable source of income, many faced the threat of eviction and possible homelessness unless swift action was taken to assist these individuals and families.[2] As a response, the CDC issued a temporary national moratorium Read more about No Rental Assistance for Chesterfield County in the Midst of a COVID Spike[…]

COVID-19: 2 Years Later, Why are Tests in Short Supply?

By: Samantha Callejas With the holiday season behind us, it is time to reflect on how a time meant for celebration turned into panic for so many Americans. The holiday season is usually a time for people to spend it with their loved ones, but many Americans found themselves’ struggling to find a COVID test Read more about COVID-19: 2 Years Later, Why are Tests in Short Supply?[…]

Virginia’s Parole Board: How the Gubernatorial Race Shaped (or Misshaped) Public Understanding

By: Elizabeth Vanesse Virginia’s newly-inaugurated governor, Glenn Youngkin, targeted the shortcomings of the Virginia Parole Board during his campaign. Youngkin’s campaign promised law and order, stricter sentencing, and fewer releases.[1] Although Youngkin’s campaign did target some structural issues within the Board itself, namely that it erred in not notifying a victim’s family before releasing a Read more about Virginia’s Parole Board: How the Gubernatorial Race Shaped (or Misshaped) Public Understanding[…]

New Cannibis Law in Virginia: Confusions and Disappointments Until At Least 2025

By: Teresa Sun “Why am I still sitting here? Why can’t you just talk to the prosecutor and they will drop the charges?” After dozens of repeat phone calls to the public defender’s office, the client was still hung up on the question. He was charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with Read more about New Cannibis Law in Virginia: Confusions and Disappointments Until At Least 2025[…]

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