Parole board; parole review, required release. (HB951)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Parole board; parole review; required release. Requires the Parole Board to release any person eligible for parole whose time served, including earned sentence credits and good conduct credits, has exceeds the midpoint of the most recent discretionary sentencing guidelines the same or similar offense unless the Board feels there is a substantial risk that such person will not conform to the conditions of parole and issues a reasoned decision explaining the basis for such decision. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101337D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/14/2014Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #2
01/16/2014Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
01/17/2014Continued to 2015 in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Judith Hollandsworth writes:

I do believe with the discretionary grant rate in Va. plummeting from 45% in 1994 to the lowest in the nation at 4% 2013, would indicate the Va. parole board in fact has retroactively applied abolishment of parole law to those who were sentenced prior to this law taking effect.This was not the intent of the legislatures nor the sentencing Judges and jurors. Absolutely has been proven more than 1/3 "old law" incarceraed have served 2 and 3 times longer sentence than those sentenced under todays guidelines.Thank-you