Crime in Virginia
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. Virginia has a 40% lower overall crime rate, and a 50% lower violent crime rate per capita than neighboring similar demographic Maryland 
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. Today Richmond is not in the top 25 of violent crime or murder. 
Capital punishment laws
- "Crime in Virginia 2011". Virginia State Police. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Jim Iovino (2009-11-10). "Facts about Virginia's Death Row". NBC Washington. Retrieved 2010-02-17.