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What difference does a C.A. make? Commonwealth’s Attorneys—Virginia’s local, elected prosecutors—are the most powerful individuals in the justice system. Learn why they’re so importantwhat real prosecutorial reform looks like, and why we need prosecutors who are committed to fixing what’s broken.

 

The problem: Virginia’s Criminal Justice SysteM Is Broken

Virginia has replaced the right to trial with the inevitability of plea bargains, and has seen conviction and incarceration rates skyrocket. Prosecutors are the biggest reason why. Learn how this came to pass and how we can “C.A. Difference” in 2019.


 

What’s a “progressive prosecutor”?

With the traditional approach to prosecution under fire, seemingly every CA candidate is claiming to be “progressive.” What does that really mean, and how can you tell the reformers from the pretenders?

How Criminal Cases Should be Prosecuted

Prosecutorial Reform: news and resources

Prosecutorial reform, sometimes called “progressive prosecution,” is a trending topic in the media, even finding it’s way onto “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Its popularity reflects a broader movement toward fair prosecution that is taking hold throughout the country. Learn more.

contested races in virginia in 2019

In 2019, voters in at least six cities and counties—Fairfax County, Arlington/Falls Church, Prince William, Albemarle and Chesterfield—decide who will shape the future of their local criminal justice system. Learn more about the candidates and the state of justice in their jurisdictions.

 

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