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

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 »

For Younger Generations, No Concept of Pre-9/11 America

BLOG: From personal experience, I can say that only relatively recently have I begun to fully understand why topics like the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance are so controversial, even though I have known about them for quite some time. read more »

Community Forum Offers Important Opportunities to Reflect on Change in Post-9/11 America

GUEST BLOG: Memories of 9/11, like memories of where one was the day JFK was shot, are called "flashbulb" memories because they seem brighter. read more »

ACLU-VA, Roanoke NAACP Urge Governor to Order State Police to Investigate All Killings, Serious Injuries by Law Enforcement

NEWS RELEASE: "We believe any use of deadly force, particularly use of force resulting in death, should be subject to an outside, objective investigation, and not merely a selfexamination by the department involved and the Commonwealth’s Attorney with whom it regularly works," 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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