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-VA Urges Governor to Stop Solitary Confinement

NEWS RELEASE: Virginia must be a leader and take prompt and effective action, immediately, to limit and abolish the use of solitary confinement read more »

Get a Warrant, Get Consent or Get Out

Virginia residents should know that the government is working to protect their privacy, not violate it. read more »

Va. ECPA Would Keep Personal Data Private

NEWS RELEASE: Without a warrant, or our express permission, government simply shouldn’t be searching through our private information read more »

ACLU of Virginia Endorses Parole Commission’s Criminal Justice Reform Recommendations

As we’ve long argued, Virginia must move toward a criminal justice system based on workable, commonsense solutions. These measures, if adopted by the Commonwealth, will greatly improve our criminal justice system. 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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