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Virgina abolished Parole in 2004, I believe. Although not sure of the exact year, I do know that it was abolished, therefore making it a Truth-In-Sentencing state - meaning inmates must serve at least 65 percent of their sentence
Virgina abolished Parole in 1998; therefore, making it a Truth-In-Sentencing state - meaning inmates must serve at least 65 percent of their sentence. VA is listed with the DOJ as TIS state. However, any inmate sentenced before the abolition of Parole is entitled to a Parole hearing - keep in mind that Parole is right and not a privilege so there are no guarantees for approval.
The definition of truth in sentencing varies among the states, as do the percentages of time to be served. The states that met the federal standard for truth-in-sentencing in 1998 were:Arizona California Connecticut Delaware District of ColumbiaFlorida Georgia IowaKansasLouisianaMaineMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriNew JerseyNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhio OklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaTennesseeUtahVirginiaWashington Most state truth-in-sentencing laws are targeted at convicted violent offenders. Florida, Mississippi and Ohio require all offenders to serve a substantial portion of their sentences before release. Four states (Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska and Texas) have a 50 percent requirement, three states (Idaho, Nevada and New Hampshire) have a 100 percent requirement on the minimum sentence and six states have other requirements.
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No. I don't think so. And I did not know there was a move to go backwards. Do you know who might be a sponsor on the legislation?
I regret that I cannot find this information for you. I have searched pending legislation on the VA legislative website and cannot find it. I will opt out and allow another expert to help you - maybe they will have better results.