Press Release: “Governor Northam Unveils Bold Criminal Justice Reform Agenda – Legislative package includes marijuana decriminalization, parole reform”

Press Release: “Governor Northam Unveils Bold Criminal Justice Reform Agenda – Legislative package includes marijuana decriminalization, parole reform”

Here’s the press release in full RICHMOND—Today, Governor Ralph Northam unveiled his proposed criminal justice reform agenda for the 2020 General Assembly Session. Legislative initiatives include decriminalization of marijuana, parole reform, raising the felony larceny threshold, raising the age of juvenile transfer to adult court, and the permanent elimination of driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines, fees, and court costs. Click on image to watch video of announcements on FB live “All Virginians deserve access to a fair and equitable criminal justice system,” said Governor Northam. “My proposed criminal justice reform legislation and budget initiatives will combat mass incarceration, increase supports for returning citizens, and ensure meaningful second chances for those who have paid their debts to society. This is a bold step towards a more just and inclusive Commonwealth, and I look forward to working with the General Assembly to pass these measures into law.” The Governor is proposing Virginia decriminalize simple possession of marijuana, creating a $50 civil penalty instead. Studies show marijuana arrests disproportionately impact people of color—in Virginia, African Americans are substantially more likely to be arrested for marijuana charges than white residents. The Governor’s legislation will also clear the records of individuals who have been previously convicted of simple possession.…

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