Criminal Justice

Smart Reforms for Virginia's Justice System

February 9, 2016

This week the Richmond Times-Dispatch published an op-ed co-authored by Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general, Pat Nolan, director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Vikrant Reddy, senior policy fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. In the op-ed, the authors discuss smart reforms that could address the ballooning cost of incarceration, end civil asset forfeiture, improve public safety, and ensure that punishments are not unduly harsh. As the authors write:

“Crime and punishment are unfortunate but ever-present elements of any society. In order for us all to enjoy the blessings of liberty, we need more justice on our streets and we need more virtue in our communities. Virginians have an opportunity to hold our government accountable for its actions and spending and to make commonsense changes that deter crime effectively. Through smart reforms, strong families, and a commitment to making our founding principles a reality, we can all enjoy a safer, more just commonwealth.”

Read the full op-ed at Richmond Times-Dispatch