Prisoners; earned sentence credits. (HB906)

Introduced By

Del. Dwight Jones (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prisoners; earned sentence credits. Allows a maximum of seven and one-half sentence credits, as opposed to the current four and one-half, for each 30 days served. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 081101580
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/30/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB906)
01/31/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB906)
02/12/2008Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Mrs Lucas writes:

GOD, please let this bill pass. The prisons are over-crowded. Building more prisons is expensive and not the answer. Lets give those who have earned it a chance to start a new. After all, "We are ALL just one bad decision away from Prison"

Mrs. Rojas writes:

If you pass this bill; This will allow inmates that have shown that they are ready to be model citizens a chance at starting fresh with their families. Giving the parentless children a father or a mother back to prevent them from be coming prisioner themselves. The solution is not to build more prision, but to find a way that will prevent people from becoming prisioners mentally and physically. The judiscial systems appears to be setup for people to fail and not get ahead after serving time. You claim to be working on bills for the reentry programs but have made to progress, the funding is on hold and nothing is happening you find the money for everything else why not reentry programs and not building more prisions. Make this a priority. You can make more money for the city by allowing for more people to have jobs not just 21,000 per inmate. There has to be a better soloution to your maddness. Thank you for this opportunity.

Susan West writes:

Let's put some of the money spent on building prisons into treatment!! The majority of inmates are drug offenders and there is a much better way of treating their disease than locking them up for years on end. Make treatment mandatory in order to receive the good time followed by treatment upon release. Pass this bill and stop thinking that by locking drug offenders up, they will be "cured"!!

CCGF writes:

I deal with inmates everyday, for the past 19 yrs. Yes, a small portion will serve their time and become productive citizens. The majority will get out and go back to doing what got them incarcerated in the first place.

mrsf writes:

I agree with what CCGF says. My husband is a perfect example. HOWEVER, it is his addiction that keeps him going back. The fact that he stays clean for years at a time doesn't seem to matter. I believe that he needed to do some time, but 8 years is ridiculous. It keeps him from REALLY accepting responsibility for his actions. He is not dangerous. He's in there not worrying about bills and all while we're out here dealing with kids, bills, etc. There ARE ways to keep an eye on these guys that are cheaper and more effective.

ATLANTA writes:

If you are supporting the changes do you vote yes or no???

Paula Owens writes:

I agree with Mrs. Lucas. Alot of the people that end up in prison already believe that they are capible of no better. We all have the same needs and desires and need the support of ones who encourage our growth not ones who reinforce our self limitation. With positive support many of these people can have outstanding lives despite their family history or prior mistakes.
Please lets give support to this bill give positive reinforce for good behavior.

mrsf writes:

I'm surious. The people who are voting no on the poll, why? Do you believe people should be locked up for their crimes? Well, so do I. However, THEY ARE GETTING OUT! IF we were going to lock up people forever, then it wouldn't be an issue. But if you have non-violent offenders - non drug dealers, etc., - locked up for YEARS, who is that helping? There are alternatives!


I believe that anyone that is incarcerated in Virginia that has earned their GED, or are enrolled in college classes, and by the way they are not free if someone has not received a grant so their families are paying for the classes. or have completed a voluntary therapudic program since beiny incarcerated should be given special considertion to get out early. Most people do not even try when given the opportunity to help theirselves. Anyone completing the above is at least trying to better theirself. The federal government gives people time out earlt for the T.P. so why can't the state.

Hanne Tucker writes:

We need to give prisoners who have changed their lives a chance. Our prisons are overcrowded and we are constantly building new ones.
Let's give prisoners something to strive for, so that with good behavior, they can have their sentences reduced.