Virginia’s Department of Corrections says about 15 percent of people in the state’s prisons have a mental illness. Some end up in solitary confinement because of money and staffing shortages. Legislation has been introduced this year designed to address that, and put mental health standards in place for local and regional jails.
The identical bills being approved by both chambers almost ensure it will become law starting in 2020.
Gov. Ralph Northam's refusal to step down now may make forgiveness a long shot, especially in the African American community.
Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is vehemently denying an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, calling the charge “totally fabricated.”
Assembly '19 Reports