Residential community programs; DOC to give nonviolent prisoners opportunity to participate. (HB1316)

Introduced By

Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Corrections; residential community programs.  Directs the Department of Corrections, where appropriate and when resources are available, to give nonviolent prisoners who have not been convicted of specific offenses or sentenced to one or more life terms the opportunity to participate in a residential community program, work release, or a community-based program. Current law requires that the prisoner not be convicted of any violent crime and be sentenced to at least three years. The bill allows for up to 30 percent of the prisoner's gross earnings to be withheld to offset the cost of the prisoner's keep. The Secretary of Public Safety is required to prescribe guidelines for the program that emphasize training and education related to job skills, literacy, money management, and other life skills. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/22/2010Presented and ordered printed 10104223D
01/22/2010Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/28/2010Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/04/2010Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2011
02/09/2010Continued to 2011 in Militia, Police and Public Safety
12/03/2010Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


robert legge writes:

Guess this would be a "soft on crime" issue. Hope it passes.