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May 31, 2022 | The Commonwealth Institute

Session 2022: Key Budget Policy Choices

Comparing House, Senate, and conference budget proposals to the current budget House and Senate budget negotiators have submitted...
March 21, 2022 | Laura Goren

Costly for Everyone: Presuming People Should Be Held Pre-Trial Has Significant Economic and Fiscal Costs

The right to due process and a presumption of innocence are central to promoting fairness and justice within our criminal...
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 new criminal record...
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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