State of Virginia Archives: on Crime

Terry McAuliffe: Second chance for youthful offenders

A guiding principle that has served this administration well is the incredible importance of second chances. I believe that should apply to everyone, even men and women who commit a crime. That approach guided the transformation of our Commonwealth's juvenile justice system as we reduced the population by nearly 2/3 and began to close our two huge adult-style youth prisons. [Let's] advance the reforms that will prepare these young people to lead more productive lives, while saving taxpayers millions.
Source: 2018 Virginia State of the State address Jan 10, 2018

Tom Perriello: Replace school-to-prison pipeline with school-to-workforce

Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam became the first gubernatorial candidate to publicly announce his support for decriminalizing marijuana. While Northam was the first candidate to support decriminalization, he's not the only one who wants to open up the state's marijuana laws. Tom Perriello's spokesman said that Perriello also would support decriminalizing marijuana. "Yes, of course. And as he has said consistently during his campaign, we have to fix our broken criminal justice system and re-engineer the school to prison pipeline into a school to workforce pipeline. This includes reforming our outdated and often racially biased drug laws," the spokesman said.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie's campaign said in a statement that while Gillespie opposes marijuana legalization or decriminalization, "he does support exploring reforms to make sure that penalties align appropriately to the offense committed."

Source: Virginian-Pilot on 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2017

Terry McAuliffe: Restore voting rights to former offenders

Virginians like James Ray, a Vietnam veteran who returned from war a changed man. James made mistakes, but he did his time and he reformed his life. He deserved a second chance to be a productive member of society.

I have made restoration of civil and voting rights of former offenders a central focus of my administration, and I'm proud to say that in just one year, we restored the rights of more than 5,200 former offenders.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Virginia Legislature Jan 14, 2015

Robert Sarvis: Reverse the militarization of law-enforcement tactics

I am committed to restoring and protecting civil liberties. As Governor, I will:
Source: Virginia Governor 2013 campaign website, Sep 21, 2013

Bob McDonnell: Tough punishment and no parole works

Tough punishment and no parole works Our communities continue to get safer. Our violent crime rate is now lower than any time since the early 1960's, the lowest in the South and the 5th lowest in the nation. Our property crime rate is the lowest in the South and the 8th lowest nationally. Tough punishment and no parole works drunk driving and internet crime. Last year we quietly passed the most significant reforms in over a decade to punish repeat drug dealers and child sex offenders.

Second, we've dramatically improved our prisoner re-entry system.

Source: 2013 Virginia State of the State address Jan 9, 2013

Robert Sarvis: Capital punishment should be legal but rare

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes; capital punishment should be legal but rare. We should take seriously credible claims of innocence and allow for reasonable requests for potentially exonerating DNA tests, but also work to reduce the misuse of criminal justice resources and streamline the appeals process. I also recommend considering ways to ensure quality representation in death penalty cases and disincentivize requests for the death penalty, e.g., by providing additional funding for the defense (in cases of public-defender or court-appointed defense counsel) when the prosecution seeks the death penalty.

Source: Virginia State Legislative 2011 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2011

Bob McDonnell: Tough statutes and sentences; but also re-entry programs

Public safety is the silent partner in job creation. Jobs won't be created and businesses won't be started if our citizens don't first feel safe and secure.

I believe in, and we have, tough statutes and sentences for those who break our laws and endanger our citizens and communities. As a result, our crime rates are down. However, our recidivism rate is still too high. Reduction in recidivism means fewer victims, and less prison costs. America is a nation of second chances and those leaving prison should have the opportunity to change.

We are implementing sweeping new prisoner re-entry programs throughout our correctional system through the leadership of our first statewide prisoner re-entry coordinator and our new Director of the Department of Corrections. And I am pleased to say that since taking office we have implemented the fastest and fairest system for the restoration of civil rights in modern Virginia history.

Source: 2011 Virginia State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

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