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Virginia legislators are debating bills this week that would limit the role of school cops and prohibit charging K-12 students with “disorderly conduct” — a reaction to Center stories on unusually aggressive school policing there. Delegate McClellan has sponsored or co-sponsored a number of these bills, including a bill that amends language in state legislation that authorizes state grants to pay for school resource officers; the legislation currently requires such grant-funded officers—who are a minority of the state’s school cops—to enforce “school board rules and codes of school conduct.”


All children should have a family to care for them, keep them safe, and help them thrive as they grow into adulthood. But not every child does. Each year in Virginia, at a higher rate than any other state in the country, hundreds of young people leave our foster care system at age 18 before they have been connected to permanent families. Without adequate family and community supports, these youth “age out” of care and are at high risk of some dire consequences: homelessness, unemployment, dropping out of school, poor health, teen pregnancy, and court involvement.


Delegate Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, has introduced a bill that could make it easier for victims of sexual assault to see their cases through the justice system. The legislation, known as House Bill 489, would require campus and local law enforcement agencies to store physical evidence gathered after a sexual assault for a minimum of two years. For minors, evidence would be kept for at least two years after the victim turns 18. 


Among the many issues to be considered during this year’s General Assembly session, few are as important as those designed to improve how we respond to young people who are in danger of becoming part of the criminal justice system. Over the past 20 years, we have seen a disturbing rise in the over-criminalization of childhood behaviors that were once handled almost exclusively through the school disciplinary process. Behaviors that once would have led to in-school detention are now leading to incarceration in alarming numbers.


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In the midst of the holiday season and preparations for the 2019 General Assembly Session, Winter Storm Diego slammed into the Richmond area yesterday, leaving over 10 inches of snow in some paces.  Schools and government offices across the 9th District are closed today.  VDOT crews are working around the clock to clear and treat roads, but 
Tomorrow Virginians will go to the polls to vote in Congressional midterms and a few special elections for local offices.
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Yesterday, the Virginia DMV began offering Virginians the option to upgrade their current Virginia driver's license or identification card to a REAL ID compliant credential.

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