Marijuana decriminalization and Harrisonburg

~This post has been updated below~ Among the figures and tables published in the community-based corrections plan just adopted by the city and county were arrest totals in Harrisonburg, broken down into broad offense categories. The biggest-ticket item classified under “Group A” crimes – generally on the more serious end of the criminal spectrum – […]

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City, County: New Jail Plans Advancing in Technical, Non-Committal, Don’t-Panic Way

If you care about the issue, you’ve probably already heard, but: in three successive days last week, the Community Criminal Justice Board, the Harrisonburg City Council and the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the community-based corrections plan and the facility planning study for a new jail prepared by Moseley Architects. The plans […]

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Jail Alternatives: Drug and Mental Health Courts

JMU grad student Joanmarie Foster continues her weekly series exploring alternatives to incarceration. Nearing the end of my blog series, I would like to explore drug courts and mental health courts. Drug courts are a special branch of courts created within existing court systems that provide court-supervised drug treatment and community supervision to offenders with […]

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Behold, The Golden Pony: Paul Somers signs lease at The Nile space

When the Blue Nile closed a few weeks ago, it was a tough time for many.  Though there were plenty of cheers, smiles and hugs going around that final weekend, it still was part celebration, part commiseration.  It was perhaps the best funeral ever.  The Nile, as a music venue, art gallery, and bastion of everything from […]

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Jail Alternatives: Work Release, Work Crews and Community Service

JMU grad student Joanmarie Foster continues her weekly series exploring alternatives to incarceration. Last week, I discussed the benefits and limitati0ns of “home-based detention programs,” with a focus on implementing a similar program here in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. I concluded that with a little bit of patience and planning, a home detention program could […]

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The Draft Jail Plans Are In

Last week, Moseley Architects delivered drafts of two documents – a community-based corrections plan and a facility planning study – that are required first steps toward getting the state to pay half the construction cost of a new jail. Check them out in full technical glory here & here. Practically speaking, the most significant recommendation […]

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Jail Alternatives: Home-based Detention Programs

JMU grad student Joanmarie Foster continues her weekly series exploring alternatives to incarceration. Thanks for joining me again. Last week, I introduced myself and expressed my sincere wish that local government and citizens come together to explore alternatives to building a new jail in the community. Old South High has closely followed the talks, meetings, […]

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The New Forest Management Plan Pretty Much Bans Fracking. Here Are Five Talking Points for Enlightened Debaters of the Issue

Long after everyone had been expecting, the U.S. Forest Service released a new management plan this week for the George Washington National Forest. Fracking was the hot-potato issue responsible for the long delay. When the draft plan was out for review, the overwhelming majority of more than 50,000 public comments opposed allowing fracking in the […]

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Guest Review: Places of the Heart

This is a guest post submitted by Joy Loving, who reviews a new book by retired JMU theater professor Roger Hall Not too long ago I played bridge with Roger Hall and, serendipitously, he mentioned he had just gotten a book published through Amazon/Kindle. I congratulated him and asked what the book is about. He […]

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24 Hour Project Returns: Court Square Theater seeking performers now

The first ever 24 Hour Project in Harrisonburg was hosted at Court Square Theater last January, showcasing a full 24 hours of local-ish films, poetry, live music, dance, comedy and more.  Folks brought pillows and PJs for the later hours.  Now it’s almost that time again and Court Square Theater is now accepting performance applications. […]

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