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Virginia Attorney General Visits Alexandria Jail

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, right, speaks with Liz Wixson, director of clinical and emergency services.
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, right, speaks with Liz Wixson, director of clinical and emergency services.

The idea is to help inmates with the root causes of their problems instead of having them cycle back through the criminal justice system again.

"Well we employ ten full-time therapist positions, which is huge," says Liz Wixson, director of clinical and emergency services at the Alexandria Community Services Board. "That does make Alexandria very different from a lot of other jurisdictions."

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the city's model could serve as a template for the rest of the state.

"Alexandria taking the lead is very helpful because a lot of other parts of Virginia wouldn't want to go first...or second or third," he says. "They want to see it work somewhere else."

Yet because the programs are so new, their effectiveness has yet to be fully determined.

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