Mandatory minimum punishments; repeals Code section that defines 'mandatory minimum.' (SB130)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory minimum punishments. Repeals the Code section that defines "mandatory minimum" for purposes of imposing punishment upon a person convicted of a crime as the entire term of confinement, the full amount of the fine, and the complete requirement of community service provided by law and that prohibits the court from suspending any part of the punishment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101728D
12/29/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB130)
01/18/2016Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill. Among other things, mandatory minimum sentences: increase the effects of existing racial disparities in the criminal justice system, strip judges of the ability to make the sentence fit the crime, empower prosecutors to push defendants into bargaining away their constitutional rights, and unnecessarily increase the prison population. The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that would repeal mandatory minimum sentences.