State Crime Commission meeting Tuesday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The State Crime Commission could finally decide on a matter that affects college students all across Virginia.

One of the main issues this year is how police handle sexual assaults and deaths on college campuses.

Advocates of Kathryn's Law are asking state leaders to allow for more in depth investigations. This is an important issue not only for victims but for families of those victims and even people who are thinking about attending college.

Advocates say it would give peace of mind to people, especially if the state amped up investigations when it comes to these serious crimes on campus.

The Crime Commission will meet and discuss if university and local police would work together when rapes or deaths happen on campus.

It's part of Kathryn's Law named after Kathryn Russell. Police say she was raped at UVA seven years ago. She says the university didn't handle her case properly and even ignored her complaints.

She says having outside ears, meaning a separate police department, help in the investigation would lead to more justice for victims.

When the commission met last month, people heard all sides of the debate. Members should decide it they'll go ahead with the recommendations.

That could determine if the bill actually goes to the General Assembly for approval.

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