Our Youth.........Rehabilitation or Death?

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In today's political climate we know it’s hard to get the two parties to agree on anything, despite that we have Va. Senate Bill 239 (Primarily Sponsored by Senator Dave Marsden) which has 7 Democrats & 7 Republicans as secondary sponsors. This is a bill that has been crafted with the hopes of giving our incarcerated youth a second chance at life. The bill states: "Juvenile Offenders; parole. Provides that any person sentenced to a term of life imprisonment for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 25 years of such sentence, and any person who has active sentences that total more than 25 years for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 25 years of such sentences, shall be eligible for parole." 
If the two political parties can come together, how can we not do the same? By signing this petition you're stating you believe in second chances and realize that a child can be rehabilitated over the course of 25 years, then they’ll have an opportunity to request for release (which isn't guaranteed). Without the support of Virginia residents, we'll have hundreds of people who were placed behind bars as juveniles who will die in prison, never spending a day as an adult in society.

 



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