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Old 04-22-2003, 10:45 AM
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Default News on VA 65% law??

I heard somewhere that there was a bill in the works in Virginia to change sentencing from mandatory 85% down to 65%.

Anyone know anything about this?

Is it passed or is it likely to pass?

Also, would it be retroactive, or only affect new sentences?
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Old 04-22-2003, 11:17 AM
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I haven't heard anything about Virginia, but I have heard rumblings in Missouri. If it passes, either place, I have my fingers crossed that it's retroactive!!
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My husband is under the "old law" offender rules which is 65%, but up for parole every year(which means he committed his original charge before 1995). There was an article I found (look under the state Congress) that talked about returning to the 65% and or bringing back parole because of overcrowding in the system.
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Default 1995

most be a popular year or something. It seems when policy changes, they go back as far as 1995.
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This rumour has gone around for a while now. There was a bill but it got shot down this year. And knowing VA it will never pass!!! We can always hope but I seriously doubt it ever will pass.
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Tereasa88 you are so right! I doubt they would change it, but I guess we can only pray. My husband is back in the system on a parole violation and I have met people who have loved ones in under new law and its horrible. I really feel for them. Old law violation rules are bad enough!
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Yep. Long time rumor. There was actually some action taken last year but it got shot down quicker than you could believe. It's not going to happen with those that are in office now. It's nice every now and then to get your hopes up, but it's VERY frustrating to watch it get shot down without so much as a second thought. Virginia has no concept of "middle ground". They went from %65 with option of parole to %85 with absolutely no option of parole in '95. So, potential to earn 30/30 and make parole before, and potential to earn ONLY 4.5/30 and no option for parole after. Ouch. Wonder if anyone ever thought of 15/30??? Parole for nonviolent offenders? Anything? Nope. Arg.

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