Virginians demand another look at PAROLE

Virginians demand another look at PAROLE

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Kari Anderson started this petition to Governor Ralph S. Northam and

Twenty-four years ago, in 1995, the Commonwealth adopted legislation to abolish discretionary parole and adopted Truth in Sentencing, which required offenders to serve at least 85% of their sentences. On June 24, 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe issued Executive Order 44 establishing the Governor's Commission on Parole Review to review the 1995 decision to abolish parole and develop recommendations to enhance public safety and improve outcome for offenders, their families and the Commonwealth. The Commission heard presentations from various groups and stakeholders, including state agencies with an interest in shaping prole policies in Virginia. Unfortunately, the Commission did not specifically address reinstating discretionary parole due to the limited time for the Commission and the interrelated and complex issues (including incomplete data), which made this issue difficult to address in the time period allowed. At the end of the Commission there was a unanimous consensus that further research needed to be conducted in order to fully evaluate whether the 1995 policy abolishing discretionary parole was still the best practice more than 20 years later. It has been more than 3 years since the conclusion of the Governor's Commission on Parole Review and we, the citizens of Virginia, are requesting for this review to be picked back up and finished. The Virginia corrections budget has exceeded $1 billion annually and is a serious burden to the taxpayers of this state. Research should be done to evaluate whether the current system of Truth in Sentencing is the best policy moving forward.

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