Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Law Restoring Bigger Prison Sentences

October 17, 2023

In 2020, Virginia's General Assembly passed legislation that would have shortened the sentence of THOUSANDS of inmates in the state.

Before 2020, the Code of Virginia said that "for every 30 days of good behavior, inmates could receive up to a maximum of 4.5 days off their sentences."

The General Assembly tried to change the rule so that inmates could earn 15 days of early release for every 30 that they behaved well.

They wanted the new rule to go into effect for "any person who is confined in a state correctional facility and [is] participating in the earned sentence credit system on July 1, 2022."

It doesn't look like it's going to happen, thanks to Virginia's Supreme Court.

I believe in rehabilitation as much as the next guy, but we don't need to go so far as to let dangerous people be on the streets.

There's a reason prison exists -- many of these people can't be trusted to be out on the street.

Not everyone needs to be in jail forever.

But some people can't always be free.

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