A very interesting article below.
Virginia for 2014 HB504 and SB433 are halting a Virginia
Sentencing Commission recommendation to slightly lower the sentencing for
possession of child pornography even after the U.S. Sentencing Commission has
recommended doing just this and HB523
mandates juvenile must register as Sex Offenders taking the discretion out of ’s judges hands. Virginia
The VCSC report from the 2013 General Assembly for Fiscal Impact Statements had Mandatory Minimums as 10.2% of the requests.
States Lead The Way on Sentencing Reform
A new report shows that 32 bills addressing mandatory minimum sentences have passed within the past 5 years alone
By Maya Rhodan February 14, 2014
While the Obama administration has spent the past several months rolling out piecemeal sentencing reforms for non-violent drug offenders, states have already taken a hatchet to mandatory minimum sentencing, according to a new report.
“Backed by decades of research demonstrating that longer sentences have only a marginal effect in reducing recidivism and that many offenders can be safely and more effectively supervised in the community, more and more states are revisiting tough-on-crime sentencing policies in pursuit of a fairer, more cost efficient justice system,” said Peggy McGarry, director of the Center on Sentencing and Corrections at the Vera Institute of Justice.
A new Vera Institute of Justice report shows that since 2000, 29 states have enacted laws increasing judicial discretion and revising when and how sentences are handed down. Thirty-two bills have been passed within the past five years alone, according to the report. States, the report shows, are becoming champions of reform, acting ahead of both Congress and the Obama administration.