Sunday, December 8, 2013

Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission December 2013 Report: Increases On-Line Solicitation Sentences

Update December 13, 2013: 

PROTECT is opposing the VCSC proposal to balance the sentences of child pornography possession/distribution compared to production. See their new Report here.  

This is the first time I’ve seen the VCSC actually reduce a sentence and PROTECT is against it, surprise, surprise. 
Judges across the country have long stated that the mandatory minimums for possession and distribution being harsher than that of production are unbalanced and unfair and Virginia is actually taking a positive step forward to rectify this unbalance.  

If any Virginia Delegate of Senator proposes a bill for PROTECT at the upcoming session to stop this change from occurring on July 1, 2014 I will oppose the bill and I will do so based on facts, not vengeance, fear and myth! The PROTECT report says Delegate Ben Cline is opposing the VCSC recommendation, good chance he will be patroning a bill next month.

I'm already preparing my opposition statement with tid-bits from the report! 


Original Post:

I have previously posted about the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission, see dates below. 

-          November 7, 2013:   
-          September 9, 2013: 
-          July 7, 2013:                

In the November post I alerted every one of the 2 recommendations that were expected to be included in the annual VCSC Report that will become law in Virginia on July 1st 2014, unless a Virginia Delegate or Senator proposes a bill /legislation to stop the recommendation from becoming law and that bill gets signed by the Governor. 

Well, the December 2013 Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission Report is available on-line now and those two recommendations are in the report. 

Also in the report readers will find much more detail about the Virginia Sex Offender Risk Assessment (for Sentencing Purposes) scoring, for those who are interested in that detail. 

As noted in the November 7th post, if you disagree with the VCSC recommendations that would take effect on July 1st 2014 email or call your one State Delegate and your one State Senator asking them to propose a bill objecting to the recommended change at the upcoming General Assembly session. This needs to be done immediately!

Thank you!