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Strained by overcrowding, Middle River Regional Jail begins planning for expansion

The Middle River Regional Jail Authority took a first step this week toward expanding its overcrowded facility in Verona, by voting unanimously to hire Moseley Architects to conduct a needs assessment for the jail. The move comes as jail officials have warned that overcrowding in the jail is having a ripple effect on both the facilities’ budget and infrastructure.

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Police chief wants officers to better connect with the community. Here are some ways he plans to do it.

As Harrisonburg Police Chief Eric English outlined his policing philosophies and answered questions from about 30 community members at his first town hall meeting Monday, he kept returning to a central theme.

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HPD Chief Eric English to field questions from residents at Monday’s town hall forum

On Monday evening, Police Chief Eric English will introduce himself, take questions and talk about policing in Harrisonburg at a public meeting at Thomas Harrison Middle School.

            “A lot of people still have not met me,” said English, who was sworn in as Harrisonburg’s police chief last September. “I’ll talk about my philosophy and some things that we’ve already implemented, [as well as] things I’m looking to do going forward.”

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After reviewing police body cam footage, NAACP leaders walk back criticism of weekend arrests but continue to seek ‘wider discussion’ on police relations

Hours before a rally organized to seek answers about police officers’ conduct while arresting two black women over the weekend, leaders of the NAACP withdrew from the event. Their decision came after Police Chief Eric English showed several of the organization’s leaders police body camera footage of the entire incident over the weekend — including what led up and what followed the cell phone video taken by party goers and circulated on social media.

After police response to weekend gathering turns ugly, community members will rally Thursday to seek answers 

Community members, led by the local NAACP chapter, will rally at Court Square at 1 p.m. Thursday to call for answers about Harrisonburg Police officers’ handling of the break-up of a party early Sunday, which led to officers using their tasers on a woman multiple times before arresting her.

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