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
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 »
(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 »
(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 »
(02/10/2014) Some good news today! The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted to continue SB 607 until 2015. The bill would have allowed the Commonwealth to default to the electric chair if it runs out of lethal injection drugs. read more »