Geriatric or terminally ill inmates; conditional release, notice to attorney for the Commonwealth. (SB1397)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Parole and conditional release of geriatric or terminally ill inmates; notice to attorney for the Commonwealth. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall set the release date for an inmate granted discretionary parole or conditional release no sooner than 30 business days from the date that the Department of Corrections receives notification from the Chairman of the Parole Board of the Board's decision to grant discretionary parole or conditional release, except that the Department of Corrections may set an earlier release date in the case of a terminally ill inmate granted conditional release. The bill provides that in the case of an inmate granted parole who was convicted of a felony and sentenced to a term of 10 or more years, or an inmate granted conditional release, the Board shall notify the attorney for the Commonwealth in the jurisdiction where the inmate was sentenced (i) by electronic means at least 21 business days prior to such inmate's release that such inmate has been granted discretionary parole or conditional release or (ii) by telephone or other electronic means prior to release that a terminally ill inmate has been granted conditional release where death is imminent. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100262D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/20/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1397)
01/29/2021Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/02/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1397E
02/02/2021Printed as engrossed 21100262D-E
02/03/2021Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1397E)
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice
02/12/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/12/2021Committee substitute printed 21200171D-H1
02/12/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Read second time
02/16/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1397H1)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200171D-H1
02/17/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1397H1
02/17/2021Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/2021Title replaced 21200171D-H1
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1397ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1397ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 287 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0287)