Juveniles; juvenile correctional centers, eligibility for parole. (SB449)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Juvenile parole; juvenile correctional centers. Provides that any person sentenced to a term of life imprisonment or who has a cumulative term of active sentences that total more than 20 years, regardless of whether such sentences were imposed during a single sentencing hearing or multiple sentencing hearings, for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 20 consecutive years of incarceration, including any period of commitment in a juvenile correctional center, shall be eligible for parole. Under current law, any period of commitment in a juvenile correctional center for any sentences for such juvenile offender is not considered as a portion of the minimum of 20 years of incarceration served in order for such offender to be eligible for parole. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that the proposed bill (SB449) would allow certain individuals sentenced to life imprisonment or with cumulative sentences exceeding 20 years, for single or multiple felony offenses committed as juveniles, to be eligible for parole. Currently, individuals in these circumstances are already eligible for parole after serving at least 20 years of their sentence. The Virginia Parole Board (VPB) is responsible for reviewing and deciding the cases of eligible prisoners. The VPB estimates that as of December 29, 2023, there are approximately 489 prisoners who would be eligible for parole under the provisions of this bill. Implementing this legislation would require changes to the Correctional Offender Management System (CORIS) used by the Department of Corrections (DOC) to track offender data, including parole eligibility status. The DOC estimates that the one-time cost to make these changes to CORIS would be $120,000, which is expected to be absorbed by the DOC. The specific agencies affected by this legislation are the Department of Corrections and the Virginia Parole Board. No technical amendment is deemed necessary, and there are no other comments provided in the statement.

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Bill Has Failed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101334D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/02/2024Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB449)
02/05/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2024Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2024Referred from Courts of Justice
02/16/2024Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/19/2024Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
02/22/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
02/23/2024Reported from Public Safety (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Read second time
02/28/2024Read third time
02/28/2024Passed House (50-Y 49-N)
02/28/2024VOTE: Passage (50-Y 49-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB449ER)
03/04/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB449ER)
03/04/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/20/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024Passed by for the day

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