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PDs talk reform: Mandatory minimums, police stops under study (access required)

Virginia’s public defenders are telling reform-minded Democrats the state needs more judges from the ranks of defense lawyers, more discretion for judges and fewer opportunities for pretextual police stops. Another target of reformers is mandatory minimum sentences for various offenses in the Virginia Code. Recommendations for change came from a handful of speakers at a House of ...