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Public News Service - VA: Criminal Justice

According to a new survey, U.S. jails hold ten times more mentally ill individuals than hospitals. Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail after being arrested for stealing five dollars worth of snacks. (Youtube/the Mitchell family)

RICHMOND, Va. -- U.S. jails are overrun with mentally ill inmates and are ill-equipped to deal with the problem, according to a recent survey of corrections staff. The study found that on average 16 percent of prisoners in the U.S. correctional system are seriously mentally ill. The study’s

The death of Jamycheal Mitchell is sparking an examination of the number of mentally ill Virginians in jail or coming into conflict with the police. (The Mitchell Family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. – Many Virginians with mental illness end up in jail, and some are involved in deadly altercations with police. Jamycheal Mitchell suffered from delusions, and died in jail last year after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. Surveys say 15 to 20 percent of Virgini

More than a year after he was arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks, there are no official answers about why or how Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail. (Youtube/Mitchell Family)

RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly a year later, it's still unclear how a mentally ill Virginia man died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. When Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested in April 2015, the 24-year-old was under the delusion his father owned the Portsmouth convenience st

Voting rights activists approve of Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring voting rights for felons. (Flicker/Governor Terry McAuliffe)

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Terry McAuliffe's restoration of the vote for felons in Virginia goes in the opposite direction of an ugly national trend, according to voting rights activists. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the multi-racial civil rights group Advancement Project, says numerous st

A new poll suggests strong support for juvenile-justice reform, including closing juvenile prisons like the two in Virginia. (Richard Ross)

RICHMOND, Va. - A national survey shows strong support for the kinds of juvenile-justice reform backed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The governor has proposed shutting Virginia's two large juvenile prisons and replacing them with a range of smaller, community-based corrections programs. In a new survey

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

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