Due Process & Criminal Justice

Due process is the principle that the government must respect all of the legal rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution. The ACLU of Virginia protects the right to a fair trial with adequate legal representation and to fair sentencing practices.

News & Commentary

Our Criminal Justice System Failed Jamycheal Mitchell

BLOG: At 5:45 a.m. on August 19, jail officials discovered Jamycheal Mitchell’s dead body on the floor of his cell at Hampton Roads Regional Jail. According to his aunt, a registered nurse, Jamycheal’s 6-foot-3 frame was so emaciated that the family could only conclude that he had refused medication and starved himself to death. read more »

Toward Smart Justice Reform

OP ED: The ACLU of Virginia and the Charles Koch Institute are working together to spur conversation about needed criminal justice reforms in Virginia - reforms that keep communities safe and hold lawbreakers accountable. read more »

Fairfax Judge Denies County’s Request to Dismiss ACLU of VA Case Challenging Unlawful Police Surveillance

PRESS RELEASE: Today, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Grace Carroll denied Fairfax County Police Department's (FCPD) request to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU of Virginia challenging the FCPD’s use of automatic license plate readers to unlawfully collect the personal information of law-abiding Virginians. read more »

Our Chance to Bring Constitutional Policing to Fairfax County

BLOG: This month is bookended by reminders of police abuse. Last Sunday marked one year since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and August 29 will mark the two-year anniversary of a police shooting that occurred much closer to home – the shooting of John Geer by a Fairfax County police officer. read more »

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In the Courts

Prieto v. Clarke

Challenge to Automatic Solitary Confinement for Death Row Prisoners read more »

Vollette v. Watson

Contract Workers’ Challenge to Jail Strip Search read more »

Smith v. Commonwealth (amicus)

Attorney’s Comments about the Virginia Supreme Court read more »

Commonwealth v. Foltz (amicus)

Warrantless GPS Tracking read more »

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