Incarceration time and convictions are what my clients and I fight mightily to avoid. Nonetheless, as a Virginia criminal attorney, I know that the jails have inmates, and they want to know when they will be released. In Virginia, non-mandatory minimum jail release dates are...
Contested sentencing in Virginia is a gamble. Unless the criminal defendant and prosecutor enter a plea deal involving an agreed sentence that binds the judge, the only sentencing guarantee is that the judge is prohibited from sentencing beyond the statutory maximum.
Arrested undocumented and deportable people make ICE's deportation job easier, because jail authorities in Virginia and beyond give access to immigration authorities about non-United States citizen detainees.
Ours is an overincarcerated nation. The situation is so bad that many years back, New York City added a floating jail/prison barge to its Rikers Island complex. That does not need much comment beyond pointing out the existence of the barge itself.
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Jon Katz Practices in the Following Courts and Beyond