Crime in Virginia has generally decreased from 2005 to 2011, particularly with respect to violent crime. Overall, there were 424,882 crimes reported in 2011, including 305 murders and homicides.
By Location 
In 2004, Richmond, Virginia had 93 murders, a murder rate of 47.3 per 100,000 people which is comparable to much larger cities such as Detroit or Baltimore.
In 2007, Richmond had 51 murders, which is a murder rate of 27 per 100,000. In 2007 The FBI Uniform Crime Reports ranked Richmond as the 5th worst city for violent crimes with populations of 100,000 to 250,000. 
Capital punishment laws 
Capital punishment is applied in this state. Both the electric chair and lethal injection are used to execute prisoners.