Sentence credits; rate at which may be earned, prerequisites. (SB1496)

Introduced By

Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Sen. Yvonne Miller (D-Norfolk), and Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Rate at which sentence credits may be earned; prerequisites. 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


01/22/2009Presented and ordered printed 098811336
01/22/2009Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/04/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1496)
02/06/2009Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/10/2009Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/11/2009Left in Courts of Justice


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 9 minutes.


Disappointed writes:

Its a shame, this bill makes it out of committee for the first time ever and the bills sponsor butchers it up. Ticer didnt even understand the bill SHE was sponsoring.

She did more harm than good. I am speechless.

Hope writes:

I am following this bill..but not understanding everything. Is it still on its way to being passed or is it finished and not going to be passed? My Husband is incarcerated and I would very much like to see this happen. Especially with parole being taken away...people really do deserve second chances and this was alittle light in the dark for us. If someone can help me understand whats happening with this appreciate it.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I'm afraid that the bill hasn't passed, Hope. It's confusing, when reading the transcript of the bill's progress, but what the Senate did is send the bill back to a committee, but a committee that wasn't going to meet again before today's deadline to pass a bill in the Senate. So it was a way for the bill to fail without anybody having to actually vote against it. Or, at least, that's what this generally means. Somebody might be able to explain what, specifically, happened with this bill.