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Understanding the Criminal Justice System

Search the term “criminal justice system” online and you’ll find millions of pages of information to peruse at your pleasure.  Some of what you read will be true and some of what you read will not honestly reflect how the criminal justice system works in Virginia.


That’s why I think it’s important for you to understand the way the criminal justice system really works in your community. Virginia Beach is one of the safest communities of its size in the country. While every crime committed in this city takes a toll on us, we are fortunate to have great cooperation between our citizens and the law enforcement community.


There is room for improvement in every institution, and the criminal justice system is no exception.  The foundation of improvement is accurate information. I’ve outlined a few issues below to address some of the most common myths of the criminal justice system. I hope you find this helpful.

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