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

Highlights from Billion Dollar Divide: Virginia’s Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice Challenge

(04/15/2014) The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) is out with a great new report, and its findings should serve as a wake up call to Virginia’s lawmakers: read more »

2014 Virginia Legislative Session Provides Mixed Results for Civil Liberties

The 2014 Session of the Virginia General Assembly left the ACLU of Virginia and its 10,000 members and supporters with little reason to cheer and significant reason to worry about the state of civil liberties in the Commonwealth when the General Assembly adjourns sine die read more »

House of Delegates Refuses to Ban the Box

(02/28/2014) For an ever growing number of Virginians, the criminal history background box on employment applications makes it difficult for an otherwise qualified applicant to get the job. It’s past time for Virginia to ban the use of this box on employment applications – it is discriminatory, unnecessary, and unfair. read more »

Governor McAuliffe – It’s Past Time to End Virginia’s Felon Disenfranchisement!

(02/17/2014) This past week the nation’s top attorney, Eric Holder, spoke eloquently about the debilitating harms caused by felon disenfranchisement laws. Attorney General Holder called such laws “unnecessary and unjust” and based on "centuries-old conceptions of justice that were too often based on exclusion, animus, and fear." We agree! read more »

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In the Courts

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 »

U.S. v. Day (amicus)

Private Security Guards as State Actors (amicus) read more »

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