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

SCOTUS Makes the Call on Whether Refusing a BAC Test Can be a Crime

BLOG: When police pull you over and suspect you’ve been drinking and driving, an investigation is already underway. In that situation, it’s important to know what you can and cannot do, and the rules may be about to change. read more »

Mobile Justice Smart Phone App Can Protect You and Others

BLOG: Given the alarming number of instances of police abuse across the country documented by victims or witnesses on their phone cameras, the need for the app is quite real. read more »

New ACLU-VA Report: Virginia’s Local, Elected Prosecutors Have ‘Unparalleled Power’ that Goes Largely Unchecked

NEWS RELEASE: Once elected, local prosecutors often stay in office for decades, wielding broad discretion in how cases are handled while also lobbying aggressively against reforms to the criminal justice system that polls show the public supports. read more »

Advocacy Groups Urge Federal Investigation into Jamycheal Mitchell Death; Concern Cited Over Likelihood of Future Deaths

NEWS RELEASE: “We are extremely concerned about the likelihood of future deaths if the problems are not remedied,” the letter states. read more »

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In the Courts

Commonwealth v. J

Right to Abortion for Jail Inmate read more »

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 »

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