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

A Loving Farewell to our Dedicated, Longest-Serving Board Member Stew Dunn

EXCERPT: Stew understood the core essence of the ACLU’s principles like very few people – that an open and compassionate mind combined with a strong sense of the value of individual rights and opinion will yield the best result in most situations. read more »

ACLU-VA Comment on Va. Supreme Court Rejection of Attempt to Hold Gov. McAuliffe in Contempt for Restoration of Rights

QUICK QUOTE: "We hope the Supreme Court of Virginia’s prompt rejection of the most recent effort to erect barriers to voting will put an end to such activities for this year." read more »

ACLU-VA, Roanoke NAACP Ask Justice Department to Investigate Roanoke County Police Killing of Kionte Spencer

NEWS RELEASE: In a letter sent earlier this month to Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, the organizations cited the high rate of police killings in Virginia in which mentally ill people are the victims. read more »

Federal Civil Rights Complaint Challenges Discrimination in City of Richmond Public Schools

NEWS RELEASE: Richmond Public Schools’ disciplinary policies punish African-American students and students with disabilities more harshly and more frequently than their peers, the complaint asserts. 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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