■ PRESS AND MEDIA
Jun 1, 2021
Opening Statements - Candidates for Richmond commonwealth’s attorney make their cases
Two Democrats will compete to be the city’s next commonwealth’s attorney in this month’s primary election, with no expected Republican challengers come fall. Colette McEachin, the incumbent, [...]
May 27, 2021
Will the progressive prosecutor movement come to Richmond?
When a group of prosecutors representing some of Virginia’s biggest localities banded together to pursue criminal justice reform initiatives last year, one large, heavily Democratic city was conspicuously absent. [...]
May 24, 2021
Audio Interview: Tom Barbour, candidate for Richmond City Commonwealth Attorney
Tom Barbour Jr. is a Democrat running for the commonwealth attorney position in Richmond. Barbour previously served in the military in Iraq and as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney under Mike Herring [...]
May 3, 2021
RVA Justice Hub brings an innovative, social services approach to public safety
During his time in the United States Marine Corps., Tom Barbour experienced many things. But one in particular was the catalyst for his decision to bring innovation to Richmond's criminal justice system. [...]
Apr 23, 2021
How will Chauvin verdict affect policing in Richmond Region?
The nation watched as Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck, and then held its breath as the jury’s verdicts were announced: The white former police officer was guilty of all three charges he faced in the death of the Black man from Minneapolis. [...]
Apr 23, 2021
Commonwealth's Attorney Candidates Clash over Incarceration, Protests
RICHMOND – Tom Barbour and Collette McEachin have completely different visions of what Richmond’s Commonwealth’s Attorney should do.
At a candidate forum hosted by the Richmond Crusade for Voters, a civic organization with its roots in fighting against segregation and voter suppression [...]
Apr 13, 2021
A New Approach to Ending Mass Incarceration
Virginia spends over a billion tax dollars each year to lock-up more than 37,000 people in the criminal justice system.
In Richmond, a team of young volunteers set out to change that situation by addressing the social needs of people charged with crimes. [...]
WVTF Virginia Public Radio
Apr 8, 2021
Candidates Question What Richmond Needs in a Commonwealth’s Attorney
What do Richmond residents need in a Commonwealth’s Attorney? What should his or her focus be? Incumbent Colette McEachin and challenger Tom Barbour raised those issues during a candidate forum this week at the University of Richmond’s School of Law. [...]
Apr 8, 2021
Race for Richmond commonwealth's attorney pits incumbent against political newcomer
Richmonders won't have to wait until November to decide who will be the city's top prosecutor for the next four years because the presumptive winner will be determined by the Democratic primary on June 8. [...]
Apr 6, 2021
Challenger Calls Richmond Prosecutor’s Office ‘Black Box’
Candidates for Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney presented their platforms during a digital forum Tuesday, hosted by the University of Richmond School of Law. Tom Barbour, a criminal defense attorney, is moving to unseat Commonwealth's Attorney Colette McEachin in a June primary. He calls himself a progressive reformer who wants to focus on adopting a community-driven, social-services model. [...]
Jan 26, 2021
Tom Barbour is running to be Richmond’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney
Attorney Thomas P. Barbour, Jr. is gamely entertaining a hypothetical scenario in which he is Richmond’s Commonwealth’s Attorney and protesters are holding a demonstration outside of his Church Hill home. “I’m going to go out there and talk with folks, or at least listen to them. I think that people deserve to be heard, even if they show up at your house.”
Jan 22, 2021
Interview with Tom Barbour
Host Don Harrison speaks with Tom Barbour, the founder and executive director of the Virginia Holistic Justice Initiative, which seeks to end incarceration for non-violent offenders. Barbour, a former prosecutor, is also throwing his hat in the ring to become Richmond's next commonwealth's attorney.