Juvenile offenders; proceeding for sentence modification. (SB808)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Juvenile sentences. Provides a mechanism for persons who are sentenced to more than 25 years for a nonhomicide offense committed while a juvenile to petition the court for a modification of sentence at age 35 or after serving 20 years of the sentence, whichever occurs last. Read the Bill »


01/28/2013: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/20/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100735D
12/20/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB808)
01/28/2013Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


ACLU-VA Juvenile Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that permits individuals that were convicted of crimes while they were juveniles and harshly sentenced to have meaningful opportunities for modification of their sentences. Juvenile offenders must be held accountable for their crimes, but in a way that takes contemplates their incomplete brain development at the time the crimes were committed and takes advantage of their unique potential for rehabilitation and reentry.