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.

April 14, 2022

Governor Signs Suetterlein Parole Board Bill

Senator David Suetterlein (R-Roanoke Co.) called for more transparency surrounding decisions by the Virginia Parole Board. A bill he introduced to address that issue has been signed by the Governor.

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April 07, 2022

Youngkin Announces 4 New Virginia Parole Board Picks

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced new nominees Wednesday to serve on the Virginia Parole Board, after Senate Democrats' decision last month to dump four members of his initial slate of picks.

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February 28, 2022

Virginia House Passes Parole Transparency Bill

A bill that will make votes by the Virginia Parole Board public is headed to Governor Glenn Youngkin’s desk. The House of Delegates voted 96-3 to make the board’s votes public.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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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