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The 2020 Virginia General Assembly session began on January 8, and continued until March 12. Here you can read the bills that were proposed and learn about the few that ultimately become law.

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Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Vickie Stuart writes: I fully support this bill. We all make mistakes and should be given a second chance.
Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Andrea Pegram writes: Correction: Not for those convicted of a violent felony.
Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Andrea Pegram writes: Bill 1532 has an amendment that says not for non-violent offenders. Probably 90 percent of the people incarcerated have a violent record, so what's the point of this Bill. Sentence credit that gives an incentive to do better and want better if it doesn't apply to all. It's always bits and pieces that don't truly hit the core. Mass incarceration is the goal obviously..smh
Police and court records; expungement of records for misdemeanor and nonviolent felony convictions.
Robert Legge writes: 3 years for drug possession convictions. If a person is found not guilty, or charges dropped, the charges should be automatically expunged or sealed.
Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Kimberlin Cooke writes: I support HB1532 to correct the mass incarceration of individuals, particular those of color who have been injusticed by unawful arrests and unfair prosecution. There many inmates of color who have been sentenced well over their guidelines, particularly in VA because judges were allowed to. It is time to correct the justice system and help inmates be reunited with their families. My family member was sentenced to 10 years by Williamsburg-James City for ATTEMPTED Breaking and Entering - no assault no weapon...... 5 years was the maximum but the judge oversentenced him by 5 additional years. It's tiem to correct some wrongs... HB1532 will send a message that VA Justice and Correctional Reform is Live and Action.
Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Peggy Gault writes: I support HB1532 fully. Give the inmates a chance to prove that they can have a productive lifestyle. Incarceration for long periods of time only debilitates a person.