There are two bills pending in the state of Virginia that should have all of its citizens concerned. HB 915 proposed by Delegate Sickles (D) and SB 624 proposed by Senator Spruill (D). Both of these bills propose to reduce the “geriatric” age of prisoners in Virginia from age 65 to 55 or even 50. This new definition would allow these prisoners (after serving a limited time) to petition for early release from prison.
Another bill that has been referred to committee would keep the current ages 65, 60 in place, but would change the wording from “may petition release” to “be released”. These prisoners should at the very least go through the normal parole considerations before a decision is made. This bill is HB 431, Del. Scott (D).
We are not eligible for Social Security until age 66 now, but prisoners are to be given an “old age” break at age 50? Where is the justice for victims of crimes? It is difficult enough to find, arrest, convict and sentence criminals without granting shorter sentences.
Please petition your state delegates and senators to stop these awful bills. Please share this with anyone you know in the state of Virginia and ask them to do the same. Debbie’s convicted rapist was sentenced to 2 life sentences, plus 25 years and under these bills if passed, would be eligible for release now!
We need your help and support on this issue. Please make an effort via phone calls, e-mails, texts, letters and tweets to your state representatives and let them know how you feel.
The mission of H-E-A-R-T (Hope Exists After Rape Trauma) is to provide HOPE for victims of sexual assault through the provision of essential and therapeutic support, by affecting positive change in laws influencing their lives, and by educating both the public and professionals commissioned to serve victims. A vital issue in this matter involves the use of DNA. To enhance that use, H-E-A-R-T will promote the continued use of DNA, and through educating legislators, law enforcement officials, and others, promote its expanded use and continued improvement.
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