News & Announcements

These articles are provided as they may be of interest to our visitors. They do not necessarily reflect the position of the Parole Board or the Administration.

January 16, 2019

Two Bills Would Allow Virginia Inmates Sentenced by misinformed Jurors a Chance at Parole

This legislative session, two bills have been proposed -- one each in the House and Senate -- that would give inmates sentenced by juries during 1995-2000 a chance at parole.

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January 02, 2019

J. Daryl Byler Column: On Criminal Justice Reform, Virginia Should Move Past Congress' 'First Step'

The U.S. Congress recently passed a criminal justice reform bill that would reduce sentences for many nonviolent offenders and cut recidivism rates by reducing the barriers prisoners face in rejoining their communities in productive ways. But the Senate’s “First Step Act” applies only to the small sliver of persons (about 180,000) incarcerated in the U.S. federal system.

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December 20, 2018

'I'm Burned Out. I Have Nothing Else to Give,' Richmond Police Chief Says on His Last Day at Work

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham Retired effective December 31, 2018 but not without recognizing that violent crime has decreased 8 percent this year, compared with the same period last year. Durham credits the decreases to programs such as RVA League for Safer Streets, a basketball league for young adult men in the city’s housing complexes, and LIFE, or Law enforcement Intervention Focusing on Education, a nine-week program that diverts youths from the juvenile court system.

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August 18, 2018

Virginia native, Hall of Famer Allen Iverson Attends Final Game of Basketball League Built to Reduce Crime in Richmond

Paul Taylor, recently released on parole, invites former all-star and native Virginian Allen Iverson to attend the final game of a basketball league he built to help reduce crime in Richmond, Virginia.

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June 27, 2018

A New World: Adjusting to Life After Prison is Like Inhabiting a Different Country

After serving 28 years in prison for robbery convictions in the Washington, D.C., area, Tyrone Wyche was released on parole in February at age 68. He recently started a job with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and hopes to be able to use his hard-earned knowledge and experience to help others in the community.

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June 25, 2018

Web Extra: Hard Time

After 28 years in prison, Tyrone Wyche has been granted parole and is finding his footing as a new resident of Richmond.

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June 09, 2018

Former Hampton Roads Regional Jail Leader Appointed to State Parole Board

Linda Bryant, a former top executive at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, has been appointed to the Virginia Parole Board.

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June 02, 2018

Paul Taylor Column: Preparing for Life after Prison in Virginia

Paul Taylor, a former Virginia inmate, felt he would never make it out of prison alive with a life conviction "hanging over his head." Now after making parole, he writes an article describing his life behind bars, the benefits of the Department of Corrections' re-entry program, and his efforts in helping "others like him."

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May 17, 2018

First Three-Strikes Inmate Granted Parole After Policy Shift is Released from Prison

The first inmate to be granted parole after the Virginia Parole Board changed its stance on the state’s three-strikes law has been released from prison.

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March 27, 2018

CNU Conference Takes Aim at Street Gangs, Discusses Ideas for Eradication

Paul Taylor was once a legendary — and feared — street gang leader in Newport News but after serving 23 years in prison for killing his best friend on Buxton Avenue in 1994, Taylor was paroled eight months ago. Now his mission is to keep young people out of gangs and give convicted felons a second chance.

Read more (Daily Press) »
March 01, 2018

RVA Night League for Safer Streets Builds Life Skills, Relationships Along with Basketball

RVA Night League for Safer Streets is the brainchild and vision of Paul Taylor and Jawad Abdu, two “returned citizens” who developed the idea while incarcerated at Greensville Correctional Center.

Read more (Richmond Free Press) »