Virginia Special Session on Criminal Justice & Policing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2020

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CSGV Supports Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Priorities for Upcoming Special Session

Policies reduce violence by combating systemic racism, advancing criminal justice reform, holding police accountable and reforming use of force

WASHINGTON — As the Virginia General Assembly prepares to convene on Aug. 18 for a special session on criminal justice and policing, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence expresses its support for the special session policy priorities outlined by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. The policies advance efforts to reduce violence by combating systemic racism, replacing law enforcement’s role with trained specialists when community members experience mental health crises, creating law enforcement accountability and reducing use of force, and instituting criminal justice reforms.

“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence supports the efforts of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to address systemic racism that is the root cause of violence in far too many communities,” said Lori Haas, Senior Director of Advocacy and Virginia State Director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “These issues have been ignored for too long by the Virginia General Assembly — and so many other lawmakers across the country. We are at a profound moment of reckoning on race in America. It is time for Virginia to do better. We support the policy priorities of the VLBC for the upcoming special session.”

“The Commonwealth has an historic opportunity to be a national leader on dismantling structural racism facing Black Virginians,” said Lauren Footman, Director of Outreach and Equity at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “As Black Americans grapple with structural and physical violence and their disproportionate impact on our communities, we support these necessary steps to address structural inequities from a public health lens. These policies will reduce violence and create a more just and equitable Commonwealth.”

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence will be submitting testimony in support of the priorities.
The policies outlined by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus are below and available at this link.

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About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.

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