Virginia

VIRGINIA PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE

JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM IN VIRGINIA

Bills to Support in Virginia in 2016

Justice Reform History in Virginia

VIRGINIA OVERVIEW

DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED

CRIMINAL JUSTICE OVERVIEW

  • 1 in 51 adults in the criminal justice system
  • Taxpayer burden: $25,129 per prisoner per year
  • Adults in prison: 37,044
  • Adults in jail: 27,313
  • Adults on probation: 52,956
  • Adults on parole: 1,983
*Statistics generated from reports by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons 2000-2011; Probation and Parole in the United States (2013); Prisoners in 2013, Vera Institute of Justice (The Price of Prisons), 2010 CensusOffice of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Provention 2011 and various department of corrections' websites.
ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY
A number of bills on juvenile justice will be heard by the Virginia Assembly in 2016.  One, HB 1132, would eliminate the requirement that school staff report all student misdemeanors to law enforcement.  Passage of the bill would help to reduce the involvement of law enforcement in Virginia schools, which is nearly three times the national average.

To let your elected representatives know that you care about keeping students in the classroom instead of the courtroom, click here.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BARS

Join the 2016 "Restorative Punishment:  Think Outside the Bars" campaign. Find out where your state stands on sentencing reform, the use of drug courts, and restorative justice programs. This research and our advocate "how-to" materials can equip you to take action that will advance justice reforms in your state!

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Think Outside the Bars

NATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

For over 30 years, Prison Fellowship has been active on Capitol Hill, lobbying Congress to support reforms to make communities safer, respect victims, and transform lives. Prison Fellowship played a leading role in working with Members of Congress to pass groundbreaking criminal justice reforms, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1993), the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (2000), the Prison Rape Elimination Act (2000), Second Chance Act (2008), and the Fair Sentencing Act (2010), among others. Additionally, Prison Fellowship and the Texas Public Policy Foundation co-founded Right on Crime, a growing movement of conservatives committed to justice reform.

PROPORTIONATE PUNISHMENT

Prison Fellowship seeks a restorative approach to punishment where those harmed by crime are allowed to be a part of the process, those who offended are given a chance to make amends, and men and women are not incarcerated for longer than the wrongs committed would warrant.

CONSTRUCTIVE PRISON CULTURE

A restorative approach to crime seeks to do more than warehouse people convicted of crimes. It means holding prisoners accountable to accept responsibility for the harm they have caused to their victims, and to take steps to make amends and rebuild trust with their communities.

RESTORED COMMUNITIES

Crime doesn't just affect the perpetrators and victims, it also injures the community. A restorative justice approach considers these harms and engages communities in solutions, promoting safety by using proven crime reduction practices while protecting individual liberty.