Criminal justice resources

Charlottesville, and our Country, are in need of Criminal Justice Reform

We are spending an enormous amount of money on a system that just doesn't work and isn't supported by evidence. As Commonwealth's Attorney, I will commit to finding solutions and not repeat mistakes; and always protect the liberties and rights we all share. We can affect real change of a broken system. Learn as much as you can, and register to vote! Here you can find links to some great sources and information regarding our criminal justice system.

The Land of the Free?

The United States has 25% of the world's incarcerated population.

Equal Justice Under the Law?

African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.

The Great Melting Pot?

We need to do our part to end the war on immigrants. Under current policy, many American's immigrant ancestors would not be allowed entry.


Working For and Conducting Research on Criminal Justice Reform:

Bibliography on the issues


“National Movement Hopes to Help Hundreds of Thousands Jailed Because They Can’t Afford Bail,” 

“Public Safety Assessment: Risk Factors and Formula,” 

“Get out of jail free, or criminal justice reform?,”

Collateral Consequences:

Clear, “The Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration,” 

Dandrea, “Parenting From Prison: Children of Inmates have become the forgotten victims of crime,”

Criminal Law:

  “Criminal Law 2.0", Kozinski, 44 Geo.L.J.Rev.Crim.Proc  

Criminal Justice Reforms:

  “Obama lays out steps for criminal justice reform,” steps-for-criminal-justice-reform. 

“Time is right for criminal justice reforms [in Virginia],” (2016)(reprinted from the Virginian Pilot. 

“Fighting Crime and Strengthening Criminal Justice,” (2017), 

LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion), 

Forfeiture: “Reform Virginia’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws to Remove the Profit Incentive and Curtail the Abuse of Power,” Rob Poggenklass, 50 U. Rich. L. Rev. Online 75 (2016).    


“Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana Colorado: 2016,” Colorado Department of Health & Environment (2016).

 “Changing Virginia’s Marijuana Laws,” Jordan Arnold, The Cavalier Daily,  

Mass Incarceration:

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” Alexander (2010) 

“How Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated,” Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law (2016). 

“Excessive arrests are unwarranted,” Cavalier Daily Editorial (2/9/17), 

“Fighting Mass Incarceration Under Trump: New Strategies, New Strategies, New Alliances,” Kilgore, (2016). 

“Following the Money of Mass Incarceration,” (2017), 

“Van Jones: The US would ‘never have Donald Trump’ if Democrats fought mass incarceration,” 

“Mass Incarceration is The Enemy of Economic Opportunity,” (2017), 

“Accounting for Violence:How to Increase Safety and Break Our Filaed Reliance on Mass Incarceration, Vera Institute of Justice (2017), 


“President’s Task Force on 21 st Century Policing Implementation Guide: Moving from Recommendation to Action,” DOJ, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (2015).  

“Statement of Principles,” Law Enforcement Leaders To Reduce Crime and Incarceration (2015),  

“Policing in America: Understanding Public Attitudes Toward the Police,” Ekins, CATO Institute (2016),   


 “Unparalleled Power: Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Voters, and Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia,” ACLU of Virginia (2016) 

“We Need More Prosecutors Who Are Fair, Not Tough,” Fogel, Daily Progress 

“Core Principles for Persecutor Role,” 1444410230463/LEAD-Core-Principles-for-Prosecutors.pdf?token=24Lnk1MZdHsfPSaXaM6u4 4w0EO0%3D. 

“Prosecutors must learn to listen to critics and communities,” (Oct. 2016), 

“These Prosecutors Campaigned for Less Jail Time – And Won,” (Nov. 2016),  

Race & Criminal Justice:

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” Alexander (2010). 

“Race and Policing: An Agenda for Action,” New Perspectives in Policing Bulletin, (2015), USDOJ, National Institute of Justice NCJ 248624 

“Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System,” The Sentencing Project (2015), 

“What The Data Really Says About Police and Racial Bias,” Makarechi, Vanity Fair, 

“The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons,” (2016), 

“Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies,” (2014),


“How to Cut the Prison Population by 50 Percent,” Goldstein, The Marshall Project, 

“The State of Sentencing 2015,” The Sentencing Project,

The Need for Justice Reform

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