The ACLU of Virginia seeks to significantly reform the criminal legal system to ensure that all individuals who interact with it are treated fairly and have their constitutional rights observed.  We strive to end cruel and unusual punishments, address mass incarceration, and eliminate racial disparities. We need smart and fair justice from the moment someone enters the criminal legal system, from police practices, representation in court, sentencing, and in prisons and jails - and we need to keep people from entering the system in the first place. 

Did you know? 

  • In 2014, Virginia incarcerated 449 adults per 100,000 people; that's a rate about 15% higher than the National average.
  • 72% of Virginians believe judges should have more freedom to use forms of punishment other than prison.
  • In Virginia, the state government spends more than $1 billion per year on corrections. 75% of Virginians believe the Commonwealth's prison system costs too much.