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January 10, 2022 | The Commonwealth Institute

Session 2022: Key Budget Policy Choices

Comparing the introduced 2022-2024 budget to the current budget The House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees are currently...
January 10, 2022 | Phil Hernandez

The 60 Year Shadow of Court Fines & Fees

Virginia’s criminal legal system should advance justice, treat people fairly, and promote rehabilitation. Yet in Virginia, and across the country,...
March 18, 2021 | Phil Hernandez

Fines and Fees Push People Further into Poverty, Exacerbate Racial Injustice in Virginia

New report illustrates problems stemming from court-imposed fines and fees, offers up “first-step” reforms Richmond, VA — Fines and fees,...
February 18, 2021 | Phil Hernandez

Virginia Poised to Become A National Leader On Expungement Reform

Lawmakers have arrived at a proposed compromise on legislation that would expand Virginia’s restrictive expungement law by including...
January 14, 2021 | Phil Hernandez

Set Up to Fail: How Court Fines & Fees Punish Poverty and Harm Black Communities in Virginia

Introduction The fundamental role that Virginia’s courts play to advance justice, treat people fairly, and promote rehabilitation is made complicated...
October 14, 2020 | The Commonwealth Institute

Virginia Needs an Updated Budget to Address Economic and Health Challenges

A lot has changed since April when legislators approved a state budget amid significant uncertainty. After six months, we have...
September 24, 2020 | The Commonwealth Institute

TCI Applauds Recommendations to Address Racial Injustice in Virginia Law

Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law Takes Up Major Criminal Justice, Education Remedies On Tuesday, September 23, 2020,...
September 10, 2020 | Phil Hernandez

Virginia is For Second Chances: Landmark Expungement Reform Moves Forward

Virginia is on the cusp of passing landmark expungement reform, which could help extend a second chance to those with...
August 14, 2020 | The Commonwealth Institute

Budget Priorities to Advance Racial Justice and Meet COVID-19 Challenges

Much has changed in Virginia, across the United States, and around the world since the General Assembly first adopted a...
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