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Since 1995, a year after the Virginia Assembly passed legislation to abolish parole, Virginia has built thirteen new prisons and many new jails even as the crime rate has declined. The money spent building new prisons to house those serving long sentences could be better used in three ways: to fund rehabilitative programs for inmates in the prisons, to fund re-entry programs for those leaving prison, and to fund education in Virginia to prevent children from going to prison.

 

The fact that the state of Virginia only spends approximately $10,597 a year per student in public schools, and $25,129 per year per inmate in prison, demonstrates that state officials entrusted with the duty and responsibility of fulfilling their accountability to the public have neglected the serious needs of the commonwealth.

 

 

 

 

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Representative
    David Albo
  • State Senator
    A. Donald McEachin
  • Governor of Virginia
    Terry McAuliffe
  • Virginia State House
  • Virginia State Senate
  • Co-Chair, Senate Courts of Justice
    Senator Henry L. Marsh


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