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Friday, August 23, 2013

Virginia State Crime Commissions Draft Agenda for September 3, 2013 Meeting is Now Available


Back on July 7, 2013 I posted the 2013 Topics/Issues and a link to the Schedule for the Virginia State Crime Commission Public Meetings held in Richmond Virginia. 
 
The first meeting is scheduled for 10:00AM on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the General Assembly Building in Senate Room A. 
 
Public comment will be heard after each topic.
 
As of August 15th this is the Draft Agenda:  



I. CALL TO ORDER/APPROVAL OF DECEMBER 5, 2012, MINUTES/PRESENTATION OF 2012 ANNUAL REPORT
Delegate Robert B. Bell, Chair 

II. INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBER AND ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
Delegate Robert B. Bell, Chair 
 
III. PRIOR SEX OFFENSES ADMISSIBLE IN EVIDENCE (HB 1766/SB 1114)
Thomas E. Cleator, Sr. Staff Attorney, Virginia State Crime Commission

The Crime Commission was requested to review the possibility of allowing prior convictions or criminal acts in child sexual abuse cases. 
 
IV. CHILD PROSTITUTION (HB 1991)
G. Stewart Petoe, Director of Legal Affairs, Virginia State Crime Commission

The Crime Commission was requested to review the possibility of decriminalizing child prostitution, with the understanding that children engaged in prostitution should be handled as children in need of services, rather than going through the criminal justice system. The bill also creates an affirmative defense for prostitution if force or deception was involved. 
 
V. EXPUNGEMENT OF FORCED PROSTITUTION CONVICTIONS (HB 1541/SB 1273)
G. Stewart Petoe, Director of Legal Affairs, Virginia State Crime Commission

The Crime Commission was requested to review the possibility of allowing for the expungement of a prostitution conviction, if it can be shown that the defendant had been forced to work as a prostitute. 
 
VI. WRITS OF ACTUAL INNOCENCE (HB 1919)
Holly Boyle, Policy Analyst, Virginia State Crime Commission

The Crime Commission was requested to review the possibility of allowing the Commonwealth’s Attorney to join in a petition for a writ of actual innocence. 
 
VII. ADJOURNMENT 
 
Next Meeting: Thursday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m., Senate Room A, GAB.

The meetings can range from 2 to 5 hours long, the group does not break for lunch and the agenda could change before the meeting is held so check the VSCC page for revised and future agendas. Any PowerPoint Presentations will be loaded onto the VSCC website after the meeting is held but there are no public meeting minutes or videos of the meetings on-line.  
 
Anyone who is interested in any of the issues being studied and discussed should make every effort to attend the VSCC meeting in Richmond on September 3rd and if you want to speak this is your ONLY chance to do so. 
 
The Commission Members will publicly vote on all the 2013 issues at the final meeting on Monday December 2, 2013.