RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As Virginia reconsiders how it incarcerates kids, a new report reveals startling new data about the cost and effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s Juvenile Correctional Facilities. It’s a controversial topic 8News has been investigating for months. $42 million dollars is the budgeted cost for a new juvenile correctional facility in the state. Read More
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We are deeply troubled by the violence throughout our nation last week, and we express our deepest sympathies to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile who were killed by law enforcement officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. We also extend our condolences to the families of Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarippa, Michael Smith, Read More
This week’s U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics new report on sexual victimization of youth locked up in the juvenile justice system confirms what we already know about youth prisons: They aren’t safe. An example is the Lincoln Hills facility in Irma. One of the largest youth prisons in the country with capacity Read More