Coalition's 2020 Legislative Priorities

Criminal Justice Reform

VGC Priority legislation

The Coalition supports these bills. Please contact your reps to let them know if you do, too!
Status Number Summary Chief Patron

HB 551 Healthy Communities Secure Care. Changes the name of "juvenile correctional centers" to "juvenile community correctional centers." ... Sen. Jeion Ward
HB 100
SB 325
Inform Jury of Potential Range of Punishment. Allows the court and counsel for either party in a criminal case to (i) ask potential jurors any relevant question to ascertain whether the juror can sit impartially... Del. Joseph Lindsey Sen. Creigh Deeds

HB 263 Increasing the Felony Larceny Threshold Grand larceny threshold increases from $500 to $2,000 .... Del. Alfonso Lopez
HB 871
SB 805
Degrees of Robbery. Defines "robbery" and creates degrees of punishment corresponding to the severity of a robbery offense. ... Del. Jeffrey Bourne
Sen. J. Morrissey

Recommended legislation

Number  Summary Chief patron
HB 1153 Duty of Open Discovery Alfonso Lopez
HB922 Collecting data on pretrial detention and use of cash bail Del. Jennifer Foy
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Justice Forward Virginia Summary of Supported Legislation

Virginia Interfaith Center List of Criminal Justice resources

Prison Justice Reform Rally video,, Jan 11, 2020.

State-wide orgs

Justice Forward Virginia Promotes criminal justice reform in Virginia through strategic involvement in elections.

Rise for Youth Nonpartisan campaign committed to dismantling the youth prison model by promoting the creation of community-based alternatives to youth incarceration. Our work centers the voices of impacted youth and communities and challenges racial injustice in Virginia.

New Virginia Majority
Org fights to: Raise the felony larceny threshold, Address mental health and substance abuse in the incarcerated population, Hold law enforcement accountable.

VA Cure
Supporting a safe, peaceful Virginia for all citizens by meeting public safety responsibilities for restoration of crime victims, the offenders, the affected families, and the community at large.

Virginia Prison Justice Network
VA chapter of national Gun Violence Prevention group.

National orgs

The ACLU is committed to challenging the "school-to-prison pipeline"...

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
Working to reform the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems so they operate fairly and equitably

Campaign Zero

More organizations involved w. Criminal Justice