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.

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.

Read more (The Virginia-Pilot) »
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."

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »
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.

Read more (The Virginia-Pilot) »
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) »
February 28, 2018

AG's Office Joins Exoneration Requests in Case of Covington Man Convicted of Bank Robberies for which Real Robber Confessed

The Virginia attorney general’s office has joined the exoneration requests in the extraordinary case of a Covington man convicted of bank robberies in 2006 for which the real robber confessed.

Read more (The Roanoke Times) »
January 15, 2018

Bill Would Change Virginia's 'Three-Strikes' Law on Parole Eligibility

The bill would amend what has been dubbed the three-time-loser or three-strikes law, under which inmates convicted of three separate murders, rapes or robberies -- or any combination of the three -- involving a deadly weapon, could be stripped of parole eligibility if the offenses were not part of "a common act, transaction or scheme."

Read more (Richmond Times-Dispatch) »
January 07, 2018

Changes in 'Three Strikes and You're Out' Law, Practice Could Affect Hundreds of Inmates

A Northern Virginia lawmaker has filed legislation to amend Virginia's "three strikes and you're out" law to require that inmates be convicted of one crime before another "strike" is counted against them.

Read more (Daily Press) »
August 08, 2017

The Practical Case for Parole for Violent Offenders

This article asks the question: "are prisoners who have served long sentences for violent crimes genuinely capable of reforming and not reoffending? The evidence says yes.

Read more (The New York Times) »
August 08, 2017

Former Inmates Create Richmond Program to Tackle Violence

An effort is in full swing to crack down on crime. The program is connecting former inmates with youth and young adults to steer them away from violence.

Read more (NBC12) »
November 16, 2016

Is Grief a Disease?

Research shows that grief is an individualized experience with no specific formula or time frame.

Read more (The Atlantic) »