Conditions of release; posting of bond for person arrested for a felony. (SB716)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Conditions of release without bond. Provides that no person arrested for a felony who has previously been convicted of a felony, or who is presently on bond for an unrelated arrest in any jurisdiction, or who is on probation or parole, may be released to a pretrial services agency in lieu of posting a secure bond unless he is determined by a court to be indigent. Read the Bill »


02/08/2010: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/22/2010Presented and ordered printed 10104055D
01/22/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB716)
02/08/2010Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


Meaghan writes:

This bill should not be passed. Pretrial services are a vital instrument with regards to our criminal justice system. Not only will this cut many jobs throughout VA but it will leave those offenders in the community awaiting trial with no supervision at all. Also pretrial services helps to speed up the process when an offender comes to court for their arraingment. This bill needs to be killed in the subcomittee meeting. Other ways to save money in the budget should be looked at, such as getting rid of some "agency vehicles" that are not needed, possibly closing more rest areas on the interstate, and etc. Please think long are hard before voting to keep this bill alive. The future of our criminal justice system is on the line here, not to mention many people who will lose their job as a result of this bill being passed.

Jack Ford writes:

This is just about release on own recognicance, not about eliminating pre-trial services. If the person is indigent it doesn't apply. I hate it that people in this state are losing jobs, but jobs are not a reason to support or oppose this kind of bill. It's like saying that more prisons should be opened for more jobs. The future of the system is not at stake, classism that gives ROR to upper-class folks is being eroded for fairer justice system.