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Greater Washington SoberRide Program Gears Up For New Year’s

December 28, 2018

A local non-profit readies for a holiday when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than a third (36%) of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers.

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SoberRide Program Running Until New Year’s Eve In DC Area

December 23, 2018

Preparing to combating that time of year when more than a third (36%) of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers, free safe rides will continue to be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington, DC area during the winter holidays.

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Alexandria Police Lieutenant Graduates From FBI National Academy

December 22, 2018

Alexandria Police Lieutenant Michael Kochis graduated from session 274 of the FBI National Academy on Dec. 14, 2018.

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AG Herring Supports Federal Prison Reform Legislation

December 21, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a bipartisan coalition of 38 attorneys general in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership, announcing support for the First Step Act. The legislation has been passed by both the House and the Senate and was signed into law today by President Trump.

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Trump Signs Bipartisan Criminal Justice Legislation

December 21, 2018

President Donald J. Trump today signed landmark legislation – First Step Act of 2018 – to make the federal justice system fairer.

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U.S. Border Announcement Continues Systematic Degradation of Legal Routes to Protection

December 21, 2018

Yesterday’s announcement from the U.S. Administration on asylum is as irresponsible as it is dangerous for families in need of urgent safety.

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Vera Institute Of Justice Report Highlights “Great Successes” Of Virginia’s Restrictive Housing Reforms

December 20, 2018

As the Virginia Department of Corrections continues its groundbreaking reforms in the use of restrictive housing for the state’s inmates, a report released today by the Vera Institute of Justice provides insight into Virginia’s past, present and future initiatives to address and minimize the use of restrictive housing.

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Court Rules Trump Policies Denying Asylum Protections To People Fleeing Domestic And Gang Violence Are Illegal

December 20, 2018

A federal court has struck down Trump administration policies that sought to gut asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality.

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Justice Department Announces Bump-Stock Device Reclassification Rule

December 19, 2018

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker yesterday announced that the Department of Justice has amended the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), clarifying that bump stocks fall within the definition of “machinegun” under federal law.

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New Reports Shed Light On Internet Research Agency’s Social Media Tactics

December 18, 2018

Third-party experts released two independent analyses of social media tactics used by Russia’s Internet Research Agency in their attempts to influence U.S. political discourse. The reports are the first comprehensive analyses of their kind conducted by entities other than social media companies themselves, and are based in part on data provided by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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