Thursday, May 21, 2015

Virginia State Crime Commission: 2015 Studies and Meeting Dates.....Agendas are Posted by VSCC a Few Days Before Meeting

Finally........we know what the Virginia State Crime Commission (VSCC) is studying for 2015 (see below). 

These issues will be presented and discussed at the first two VSCC meetings:
  • Tuesday September 29, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Senate Room A, General Assembly Building (in Richmond, VA)
  • Tuesday October 27, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Senate Room A, General Assembly Building
At the last VSCC meeting on Thursday December 3, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Senate Room A, General Assembly Building the members will vote on what proposals should be proposed as legislation a the upcoming 2016 Virginia General Assembly session. 


The Crime Commission was referred a number of studies during the 2015 Session of the General Assembly. Additionally, the Commission plans to implement recommendations from last year’s missing person/search and rescue study, continue to work towards completing the ongoing DNA Notification Project, and continue to monitor illegal cigarette trafficking. 

1- Forfeiture of Property SB 684 and HB 1287
The Crime Commission was requested to study forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes. Staff will conduct a comprehensive review of Virginia’s forfeiture statutes, as well as review the issue of forfeiture upon conviction of the defendant. 

2- Sexual Crimes Against Minors SB 1253
The Crime Commission was requested to study the statute of limitations in regards to misdemeanor sexual crimes against minors. 

3- Stalking SB 1297 and HB 1453
The Crime Commission was requested to study the penalties for stalking. Staff plans to review First Amendment constitutional concerns and other states’ stalking laws.  

4- Veterans Treatment Dockets SB 903
The Crime Commission was requested to review the feasibility of establishing Problem-Solving Dockets, including those that can benefit Veterans. 

5- Missing Person/Search and Rescue (SAR) SJ 64, HJ 62Implementation of 2014 Study Recommendations
The Crime Commission unanimously endorsed at its December 2014 meeting for staff to  convene a work group to develop a first responder SAR checklist, assist the Department of Criminal Justice Services with the creation of a family resource guide, and work with the Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Associations to promote awareness and education of missing person and search and rescue. 

As a result of the passage of budget language during the 2008 Session and SB 1391 during the 2009 Session of the General Assembly, the Forensic Science Board was directed to ensure that all individuals, convicted in the 1970's and 1980’s, whose case files at the Department of Forensic Science (DFS) contain biological evidence, be notified that such evidence exists and may be suitable for DNA testing. The Executive Director serves as the Chair of the DNA Notification Subcommittee of the Forensic Science Board that is in charge of overseeing that this project is completed.  Staff will continue to work with DFS and the Board to ensure that the legislative mandate is fulfilled, as well as the Commission’s recommendations.

Staff has been requested to provide assistance with training and to continue to monitor the existing problem.  This study stems from continued efforts since the 2011 study on illegal cigarette trafficking.