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<p>Participants in a Virginia Union University November 14 panel discussion about the new Justice Policy Institute report on Va. incarceration, were (from left, at podium), Rev. Emory Berry, Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration; Marc Schindler, Justice Policy Institute; Gus Smith, whose daughter Kemba was pardoned by President Clinton after serving six of a 24-year drug sentence; Spike Bradford, Justice Policy Institute; and Dr. Lisa Moon, Virginia Union University Center for the Study of the Urban Child. (Courtesy of the Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration)</p>

Participants in a Virginia Union University November 14 panel discussion about the new Justice Policy Institute report on Va. incarceration, were (from left, at podium), Rev. Emory Berry, Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration; Marc Schindler, Justice Policy Institute; Gus Smith, whose daughter Kemba was pardoned by President Clinton after serving six of a 24-year drug sentence; Spike Bradford, Justice Policy Institute; and Dr. Lisa Moon, Virginia Union University Center for the Study of the Urban Child. (Courtesy of the Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration)

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Justice Organization Recommends Va. Incarceration Reforms

Virginia, historical home to U.S. "Founding Fathers" George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who stressed values like freedom and independence, has the eighth highest jail incarceration rate in the nation.