Parole; notice and certification, monthly reports, discretionary early consideration. (SB5050)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Parole; notice and certification; monthly reports. Provides that the Department of Corrections (the Department) shall release a prisoner no sooner than 21 business days after the date of notification by the Virginia Parole Board (the Board) to the appropriate attorney for the Commonwealth of the decision to grant parole. The bill authorizes the Board to make such notification electronically and by certified mail; under current law only certified mail may be used. The bill requires that the monthly reports issued by the Board regarding actions taken on the parole of prisoners (i) be published on the last day of the month and (ii) include the offenses of which prisoners considered for parole were convicted, the jurisdictions in which such offenses were committed, and the amount of time served by such prisoners. However, a prisoner's name shall be included on report only if the attorney for the Commonwealth and any victims have been notified; otherwise, inclusion on the report is delayed to the following month. The bill requires that when notice is sent to a victim of the victim's right to present evidence to the Board of the impact that the release of a prisoner will have on the victim, such notice shall also be sent to the attorney for the Commonwealth and the director of the victim/witness program of the jurisdiction in which the prisoner's offense occurred. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200490D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
08/24/2020Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
08/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (34-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/27/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB5050)
08/27/2020Passed by for the day
08/28/2020Read second time
08/28/2020Committee amendments agreed to
08/28/2020Committee amendments reconsidered (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/28/2020Committee amendments rejected
08/28/2020Passed by for the day
08/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5050)
09/02/2020Floor substitute printed 20201065D-S1 (Surovell)
09/02/2020Passed by for the day
09/03/2020Passed by for the day
09/04/2020Read second time
09/04/2020Reading of substitute waived
09/04/2020Substitute by Senator Surovell agreed to (20-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
09/04/2020Passed by temporarily
09/04/2020Reading of amendment waived
09/04/2020Amendment by Senator Obenshain agreed to
09/04/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendment SB5050ES1
09/04/2020Title replaced 20201065D-S1
09/04/2020Printed as engrossed 20201065D-ES1
09/09/2020Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
09/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5050ES1)
09/17/2020Placed on Calendar
09/17/2020Read first time
09/17/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
09/22/2020Tabled in Courts of Justice (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)