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

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Ruling Abolishing Life without Parole for Most Juvenile Offenders in Virginia

PRESS RELEASE: The ACLU of Virginia welcomed this week’s federal court ruling that Virginia may not sentence juveniles convicted of offenses other than homicide to life without parole, and called on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to accept the court’s ruling rather than appeal it. read more »

Should Va. reinstate parole? YES, sentencing reform makes practical sense

OP ED: Last week, Governor McAuliffe announced the establishment of a commission to study and make recommendations about Virginia’s parole system. This is an important step toward creating an effective, commonsense Virginia justice system. read more »

ACLU of Virginia Comment on U.S. Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia released the following statement by Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Glossip v. Gross regarding the use of the drug midazolam as part of a lethal injection protocol: read more »

ACLU of Virginia Commends Establishment of Commission on Parole Review

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia released the following statement by Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga regarding Governor McAuliffe’s Executive Order 44, which establishes a Commission on Parole Review: 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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