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.

October 06, 2020

Virginia Parole Board Response to OSIG Recommendations

The Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) conducted an administrative investigation of the Virginia Parole Board (VPB), Case #18647, based on several complaints made to the State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline. OSIG detailed a number of recommendations based on the findings of that investigation. Before addressing OSIG’s recommendations individually, the VPB would like to make the following remarks in response to the allegations concerning notification to the Commonwealth’s Attorney 21-days prior to an offender’s release on discretionary parole required under Code § 53.1-136(3)(6).

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August 27, 2020

Virginia can be at the Forefront of Criminal Justice Reform

As Virginia's legislature convenes to enact wide-ranging policing reform, the fight over reinstitution of parole will be a harbinger of criminal justice reform in Virginia and beyond. Virginia's abolition of parole for the vast majority of offenders in 1995 effectively discarded the belief both in individual change and in the state's ability to facilitate it.

Read more (The Washington Post) »
August 07, 2020

Virginia Parole Board Response to OSIG Report - Letter to the OSIG

Chair Chapman’s Response to OSIG Findings: While the Board looks forward to OSIG’s recommendations regarding victim contact and specifically, the application of the term “endeavor diligently,” the Board must first point out that the OSIG’s conclusions are based on faulty assumptions, incorrect facts, a misunderstanding of certain procedures, and incorrect interpretations of the Virginia State Code as follows.

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July 31, 2020

Virginia Parole Board Response to OSIG Report

Due to the confidentiality of the OSIG report, the Parole Board is not able to comment on the information contained in the report. However, the Parole Board must highlight that OSIG’s conclusions are based on factual inaccuracies, a misunderstanding of the Parole Board’s procedures, and incorrect interpretations of the Virginia State Code.

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May 11, 2020

Virginia Parole Board – Temporary hold on Vincent Martin’s release

Richmond – The Parole Board has been made aware that the Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) is conducting an administrative investigation into the Board's policies and procedures as they pertain to the recent parole grant of Vincent Martin.

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April 15, 2020

Virginia Parole Board Statement on Vincent Martin

Richmond – Virginia Parole Board Chair Adrianne Bennett confirms the Board’s decision to grant parole to Vincent Lamont Martin. The Parole Board is committed to its ethical obligation to promote fair and impartial justice at all times.

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April 08, 2020

Advocates call for quick action in response to spread of virus in Va. prisons. Officials say solutions are not simple.

Advocates are calling for the release of at-risk prison, jail and juvenile correctional center inmates as soon as possible through means including parole, geriatric release and clemency by Gov. Ralph Northam for long-term inmates with a short time left to serve.

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February 27, 2020

Virginia Finally Recognizes that Children Jailed for Life Deserve at Least a Chance for Parole

After the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that it is unconstitutional to impose mandatory life-without-parole sentences on anyone under 18 years of age, a number of States acted to bring their practices in line with the court's requirement that judges consider the unique circumstances of each juvenile offender. Virginia was not one of those States until Governor Ralph Northam signed a measure that will make anyone convicted of an offense committed before the age of 18 eligible for parole after 20 years in prison.

Read more (The Washington Post) »
June 27, 2019

A Murder on the Rappahannock River

A little over 30 years ago, a Northern Neck fisherman named Emerson Stevens went to prison for the brutal slaying of a homecoming queen and mother of two. Now, a reexamination of the case by a hard-charging UVA lawyer has turned up troubling questions. Did police have the wrong man?

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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.

Read more (The Virginian-Pilot) »
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 inmates 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.

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »