Government & Courts

“There is strength in numbers,” said Gil Harrington, pictured here embracing Alexis Murphy’s aunt, Trina Murphy (left). “We have a big number of people.” Photo: Help Save the Next Girl

Call to action: Friends, family of Central Virginia victims come together after Jamisha Gilbert’s death

Three days after the body of 18-year-old Lynchburg teen Jamisha Gilbert was discovered, the families and friends of nine missing or murdered young people from Central Virginia came together on Saturday, December 7, to issue a call for community action. “This is not right!” exclaimed Ronald “B.B.” Shavers, head of the Lynchburg-based nonprofit youth group […]

Local officials say nearly 20 percent of inmates in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail are on medication for mental illnesses, and that there are more who are going untreated. File photo.

Prison as psych ward: The cost of incarcerating the mentally ill

High-profile acts of violence tend to bring with them a spike in public awareness of mental illness, but the stigma associated with being mentally ill never subsides. The system still seems to favor locking people up rather than treating them. My wife and I lived five minutes away from the Safeway in Tucson, Arizona, where […]