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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than $83 million in grants is going to Virginia localities, organizations and state agencies to support programs and services related to the criminal justice system.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general, who has criticized an effort by a committee established by lawmakers to overhaul the state's criminal code, is proposing a more narrowly tailored approach focusing on drug laws.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Thursday unveiled legislation aimed at making Delaware's drug laws less complicated and more fair while increasing penalties for repeat convictions for drug dealing.

Denn said the revision will result in a more straightforward, coherent criminal drug code to ensure fair and proportional sentences.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A push to reform Maryland's correctional system to save money by incarcerating nonviolent inmates less and investing in drug treatment has passed the House of Delegates.

The House voted 105-31 Monday for the bill. A committee of delegates and senators will need to iron out differences between two separate bills passed by each chamber.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to head back to Capitol for start of the 2016 legislative session.

The session is scheduled to start Wednesday. It marks the mid-point of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's term-limited time in office. Both chambers of the General Assembly are controlled by Republicans, giving the governor little chance of advancing an aggressive agenda. Likewise, the governor's veto pen gives him to ability to keep in check any GOP-led efforts he disagrees with.

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During a Town Hall meeting last night in Wilmington civil rights activists called for a major reform of the criminal justice system and the repeal of the death penalty.

Charles Madden, executive director of the Hope Commission, noted that 62 percent of African American males in Wilmington have either been incarcerated or are on probation or parole.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in Delaware of the 56-hundred people in jail last year around 56 percent of them were black.

On death row nine of the 15 inmates are black.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The first meeting of a Maryland panel examining criminal justice reform is scheduled in Annapolis.

The Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council is set to meet Monday.

The panel was established by the Legislature this year, and Gov. Larry Hogan signed a measure into law to form the panel.