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More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd; we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 29, 2020 


Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend $10 million on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - VA: Criminal Justice

While calling for expanded background checks, a tearful President Barack Obama recalls the gun deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary. (White House)

RICHMOND, Va. - President Obama's emotional call for more gun-purchase background checks is drawing a mixed response in Virginia, largely split along party lines. The president on Tuesday issued an executive order expanding the types of gun sellers that have to require background checks, closing a

According to a poll by the Pew Research Center and the number of times it's being used, the death penalty is in decline, in Virginia and nationally. Credit: Death Penalty Information Center.

RICHMOND, Va. – The death penalty is in a long, slow decline in Virginia and nationally, according to opinion polls and how often it's being used. Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, says surveys show support for the death sentence is at a 40-year low,

The director of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice will take questions from the public in a town hall meeting in Richmond Thursday night. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - The head of Virginia juvenile justice will take questions from the public Thursday in Richmond. Organizers say the town hall is a chance to talk about reforming the system. The director of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice, Andy Block, will sit down with young people and fam

A new nonpartisan coalition says the time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - The time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a new nonpartisan coalition called RISE for Youth. The coalition wants to replace the big juvenile prisons with community-based corrections. States around the country have been changing how they treat young

Two events co-sponsored by AARP Virginia in the next month will teach seniors how to stay safe from scam artists. Photo by AARP.

ROANOKE, Va. – AARP wants to give Virginia seniors the tools and information to protect themselves from con artists. The organization is sponsoring two free "Scam Jams" in the next month – one in Roanoke on Friday, and another in Virginia Beach on Oct. 16. Ginger Thompson with AARP Virg

PHOTO: According to the Virginia ACLU the bloody arrest of U.VA. student Martese Johnson highlights longstanding issues of race and law enforcement. Photo courtesy of Martese Johnson.

RICHMOND, Va. – The American Civil Liberties Union says the bloody arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson is a sign of deeper problems between African-Americans and police in Virginia. Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, says blacks are more l

PHOTO: The arrest of an African-American University of Virginia student is sparking protests and investigations in Charlottesville. Photo courtesy of the U.VA. Black Student Alliance.

RICHMOND, Va. - Public concern and outrage are rising after the bloody arrest of an African-American University of Virginia student. Martese Johnson was injured while being taken into custody just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. By Wednesday night, as many as 1,000 people, mostly UVA students, were rallyi

PHOTO: Efforts are underway in Virginia Beach to improve outcomes for youth in trouble. Photo of Olymphia Perkins Director 2nd District Court Service Unit.<br />2nd District Court Service Unit.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A community in Virginia is changing its approach to juvenile justice to help youth offenders stay out of trouble. Olymphia Perkins directs the 2nd District Court Service Unit in Virginia Beach. She said the staff has been trained in leadership strategies from the Annie E. Casey

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