Incarcerated defendant; waiver of payment of interest on fines and costs accrued. (SB126)

Introduced By

Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Waiver of payment of interest on fines and costs; incarcerated defendant.  Provides for the purging of interest on fines and costs for an incarcerated defendant when such fines and costs have accrued on cases other than the one for which the defendant is incarcerated. Current law provides for the interest waiver only for the case for which the defendant is incarcerated. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/07/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10
01/07/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102456D
01/07/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/14/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB126)
01/18/2010Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (11-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2010Read second time
01/20/2010Reading of amendment waived
01/20/2010Committee amendment agreed to
01/20/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended SB126E
01/20/2010Printed as engrossed 10102456D-E
01/21/2010Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Placed on Calendar
02/03/2010Read first time
02/03/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2010Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/26/2010Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)
03/14/2010Left in Courts of Justice

Video

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 7 minutes.

Comments

Linda writes:

This is a good bill. If a person is incarcerated, often, no wages are earned. Continuing to charge someone whom is unable to pay seems unjust in itself. It creates a debtor's prison when the person is later further penalized when the incarceration ends. The court require a minimum monthly payment. How can a felon quickly find a job to meet the payments? If the payments aren't made, it is held against them for probation violations. The present system is definitely a catch-22.