Larceny; subsequent offenses. (HB618)

Introduced By

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Larceny; subsequent offenses. Eliminates the enhanced Class 6 felony applicable for a third or subsequent offense of petit larceny. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101673D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/17/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 2-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice


ACLU-VA Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports HB618, which will remove the Class 6 felony designation for a person's third petty larceny offense. The “three-strikes” larceny statute is particularly cruel and unwarranted, often imposing severe prison sentences costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars for petty thefts. Furthermore, retail loss specialists have found no evidence linking the larceny threshold to increased crime. There is evidence, however, linking low-level larceny crimes to low-income women struggling to survive an abusive relationship or supporting a drug dependency. Instead of invoking severe, ineffective penalties that harm these women (and their children) and do not address the underlying cause of their offenses, Virginia would get better results by repealing this statute and using the savings to increase access to drug treatment and other community-based services.

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

The ACLU of VA strongly supports this bill. The "three strikes" provision of misdemeanor larceny falls disproportionately on people, especially women, who shoplift to support drug habits or have untreated mental health issues. These punitive measures do not deter crime. VA must be smart on crime and seek real solutions to drug addiction and mental health disorders. Jail is no solution to these public health concerns.