Public Comments for 01/16/2023 Courts of Justice - Criminal
HB1404 - Cigarette; definition, delivery sale requirements.
No Comments Available
HB1416 - Sexually transmitted infections; testing of certain persons following arrest or indictment, etc.
Last Name: Burkhardt Locality: Springfield

This bill makes no distinction between contact and non-contact sex crimes. For rape, this seems logical. However, 95% of all people convicted of sex crimes are non-contact. ICAC posts pictures of women online and pimps them, then male officers impersonate the women pictured and claim to be a 15-year-old girl. The officer animates his female character like a realistic cartoon. There is no STD transmission with a cartoon character. Possession of CP also is non-contact. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty, so how can you violate HIPAA laws until they are convicted?

Last Name: Keller Organization: I am a lawyer. I represent a sexual assault victim. Locality: Virginia Beach

Here is a written plea from my client. 2 other women were also assaulted by the same man around the same time. He is awaiting trial. He refuses to submit to a simple blood test. My client has essentially been turned into a shut in from this assault, the invasive criminal justice process, and fear of having HIV. It is hard for her to discuss this face to face with breaking down. Please accept this instead— try to place yourself in her shoes, or that of her husband, child or parent. Have mercy. My Sexual Assault Experience- On the morning of May 29th, I had the horrific, life changing experience of being violently raped by an intruder in my home. Immediately after, I reported the incident to the police. I then went through the grueling task of giving evidence and testing for HIV/ STDs and hepatitis. Next, I was prescribed a cocktail of four preventative drugs for HIV, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis, and given a painful shot to prevent Gonorrhea. This process took most of the day. I was not able to shower till later that evening. The perpetrator was arrested two days later and charged with sexually assaulting two additional women. As devastating as the assault was, the aftermath has proven to be just as difficult. I was shocked and disappointed to learn that there was no law requiring the charged perpetrator to test for HIV/STDs. The HIV meds must be taken within 72 hours of exposure and do not 100 percent guarantee that you will not contract HIV. Unfortunately, the HIV meds are hard on the body and have proved to be devastating to my health. I have a medical condition that has forced me to resign from my teaching career. I have been on medical disability for the past year. I could only tolerate the HIV drugs for two of the four required weeks, due to their unpleasant side effects. Additionally, I had to hold off taking the prescribed antibiotics for the other STDs due to their side effects. The gains I had made in my recovery have been eradicated by the effects of the strong HIV meds. I now live under the looming threat of having contracted HIV and of passing it on to my husband. Additionally, I must test intermittently for all of these STDs every few months for one year. This is necessary even if a full course of the meds are taken. As a victim of sexual assault, I strongly urge you to require charged perpetrators be tested for HIV / STDs at the request of a complaining victim. Victims of sexual assault continue to be victimized by the unpleasant side effects of the meds, along with the anxiety and uncertainty of having contracted HIV for up to one year even when the meds are tolerable. These additional factors add fuel to the fire of sexual assault, making it extremely difficult to fully heal from such a heinous crime and to move forward with our lives. Please consider the mental anguish, pain, and trauma, suffered by victims of sexual assault. Our personal rights to good health, peace of mind, and a sense of closure must be upheld. Please act justly and compassionately by replacing the repealed testing law with legislation that supports the rights of sexual assault victims! I regret that I cannot attend the hearings to personally deliver my story due to poor health. I am very grateful and much indebted to Delegate Brewer and to all those who have taken up this worthy cause and are standing up for rights of sexual assault victims. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a positive outcome! Jane Doe

HB1432 - Trespass; service of process.
Last Name: Neuner, Carroll O. Locality: Richmond, VA

In order to serve process in VA, an individual must be age 18 years or older, not a party or otherwise interested in the subject matter in controversy, under LIS 8.01-293. under 18.2-409, resisting or obstruction of legal process is illegal. I believe that if a private process server, is on a property, he or she should be exempt from being charged with trespassing, even if a sign, or spoken communication has been posted or given, if his or her presence is solely for the purpose for perfecting that service of process. I also feel that if the individual is on the property for other reasons, rather than the service of legal process, then they should be treated as normal citizens, subject to prosecution.

Last Name: Aaron Hutton Locality: Montgomery county


Last Name: Cahill Organization: Cavalier Courier & Process Service, LLC Locality: Fairfax

I am the CEO of Cavalier Courier and Process Service. I oversee private process service for thousands of papers annually for law firms and government agencies. Individuals who are attempting to evade service to avoid the legal system commonly threaten us with trespass charges. This threat is always due to merely our presence on their property to access their front door (or office building door), not any other behavior unbecoming of a professional. In my opinion, the courts in Virginia would struggle to function if evasive individuals are able to successfully charge private process servers with trespassing. Since private process service is a vital function for the courts, I fully support this bill.

Last Name: Yengst Organization: Paul Yengst & Associates Locality: Roanoke County

Members of the House, Please consider that private process servers do not now trespass on property marked with “no trespass” warnings. Residents of the Commonwealth, subject to the privileges and responsibilities as a resident, should not be able to shield themselves from constitutionally required service of process by an authorized individual by posting a sign forbidding such service. Codifying HB 1432 will notify residents of what is already the case: no trespass occurs when service of process takes place on property even though marked as “no trespass”. Making this clear to the public will ease the burden on law enforcement of responding to such complaints and will free up time and funds needed for other pressing matters. Please support passage of HB 1432.

Last Name: Hagood Organization: N/A Locality: Fairfax

I hope to be heard.

Last Name: Spar Locality: Roanoke

I have been a process server for 25 years. And own a Process’ serving company. Three times in 24 years i and my son have been charged with trespassing while attempting to serve court documents . We beleive we have an exception due to a former attorney general opinion. That states we are working a s a sheriff does. The cases were all dismissed. There are still a few counties that the sheriffs office don’t want this bill to pass because it infringes on their income

Last Name: Drury Locality: McLean (Fairfax County), VA

I am a process server in Northern Virginia, and I believe that this ability to have immunity from criminal trespass while executing service of process makes a lot of sense. Passing a bill like this will help reduce hurdles and possible conflict in the field when we are working. As a professional process server for over 30 years, this issue comes up periodically and can put us in a gray area of having to decide whether or not to succeed at service or to risk conflict by choosing to attempt service and risk conflict and loss of time on site if the police are called. It has been suggested that somehow process servers would have an ability to harass the property owner or resident. The task of any good process server is to complete the service successfully within the bounds of the law without causing undue conflict or stress on the party being served. I do not believe process servers are in the business of harassing people they’re merely trying to complete the task they’ve been hired by their client to do. I would encourage you to pass this bill and show professional process servers in Virginia that you understand that have some protections to perform our work without fear of trespassing issues will prove beneficial to ensuring the due process under our system.

Last Name: Anderson Organization: Private Process Servers Locality: Winchester

The owners and agents of Justice, Inc., a Private Process Service in Winchester which has been in business since 1991, and is owned by a veteran and past law enforcement officer. I do not believe this bill was introduced to make it easier for any private process server to harass any law enforcement officer that a court document has been issued for. Of all the civil documents I have served on law enforcement, I have NEVER served a law endorsement officer at their home, unless it was a civil suit where they are the defendant. Most of the civil documents served on law enforcement are Subpoena for Witness or Subpoena Duces Tecums. These documents should be served at their place of employment, since the documents would be for time during their employment. Please support HB1432 so the Private Process Servers are the one's not being harassed. Thank you for your time. Cheryl L. Anderson 1419 Ramseur Lane Winchester, VA 22601 540-722-0709

Last Name: Brads Organization: Serves You Right Process Service, LLC Locality: Forest, Va.

It should be lawful for Process Server's to enter and serve legal documents on persons or business who's property is posted with No Trespassing signs.

Last Name: Wilson Locality: Spngfield

Steongly support this -- process servers, by definition, cannot be tresspassing; they are engaged in legitimate public service. Forcing them to be stopped by a sign, would create a myriad of complications to the legal process and the public good. Please support this bill.

HB1452 - Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; appointment of sworn unit investigators to Unit, powers and duties.
Last Name: Aaron Hutton Locality: Montgomery county


Last Name: Spencer Locality: Caroline

I have worked in nursing homes and we absolutely need this law to protect elderly folks on medicaid. Local DSS units deem nursing homes a safe placement under their regs, so if there is an accusation of abuse, neglect or stealing someone's funds, adult protective services doesn't generally go after it. The local law enforcement is often not able to take it on either. What we really need are investigators who actually understand how medicaid works and what abuse of the elderly looks like. It is a huge problem, and we really need all the help we can get.

Last Name: champion Organization: Virginia Autism Project Locality: springfield

Please Vote NO on HB1452. This bill creates a Medicaid Fraud law enforcement investigating arm of the Attorney General's office. Thirty new law enforcement officers with badges and uniforms and the ability to investigate any "ancillary" criminal offense. This bill could subject families and recipients to overly aggressive tactics by the Attorney General's office. This bill does not expressly limit the investigations into activities by providers. The bill should be limited to investigations of providers and expressly state that the office does not investigate recipients and their families. There is no justification for the financial cost of 30 new state law enforcement officers with vested benefits. This will discourage professionals from becoming Medicaid providers by creating more barriers and red tape. This bill further harasses families and caregivers with the uncertain threat of law enforcement demanding cooperation with any vague ancillary criminal investigations. Please VOTE NO on HB1452

Last Name: Miller Organization: Autism Society Tidewater Virginia Locality: Chesapeake

Dear Members of the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #1, Please VOTE NO on HB1452. This bill creates a police force in the Attorney General's office to investigate Medicaid fraud. Protect families and limit any law enforcement investigation to providers, not recipients. As a family member of a recipient, it is hard enough getting approved for long-term care Medicaid services and go through multiple evaluations and continuous monitoring with our local and state agencies. Please do not make our lives and the ones we care for any more difficult. Thank you and please VOTE NO on HB1452. Sincerely, Nicole Miller Chapter Operations Manager Autism Society Tidewater Virginia

HB1474 - Law-enforcement officers; protected personal information.
No Comments Available
HB1603 - Enhanced earned sentence credits; firearm-related offense, felony conviction during confinement.
Last Name: Benson Locality: Clayton

NO- I do not support this bill! Excluding anyone is prejudice! Men/woman are working hard to change their life and you continue to strip all hope of that!

Last Name: Berrios Locality: Norfolk

I ask that you vote "NO" to move to pass this piece of legislation into law. I feel that this is an unjust way of undoing the bill that was passed in 2020 by the previous administration to help unite families. Many inmates were given calculation sheets stating they were being released early due to the credit. Many of these families had prepared for them to be released only to find out the rug was pulled from under them at the last minute. It was absolutely cruel and disheartening not to destroy the hope and dreams of these families but now you want to ensure inmates do not receive any credit at all. Under the previous administration had this been a factor it would have never made it into law. I strongly feel that a lot is this undoing is financially motivated to line the pockets of politicians that have times to the prison system.

Last Name: Fisher Locality: Virginia

We should be giving incarcerated people an opportunity to better themselves in the process of working towards something that will significantly affect their future. Many of our incarcerated friends are serving ridiculously long sentences for something they did at a young age - the human brain doesn’t fully develop until a persons mid twenties. We’re talking about people who made mistakes at a young age who will never be able to show how they’ve grown - people should be given the opportunity to use our prison systems as they were originally intended: To rehabilitate and learn from their mistakes. Putting a restriction on who is able to earn their way back to a normal life is unfair and unjust

Last Name: Jackson Locality: Fairfax

No! I’m against this bill

Last Name: Gaye Locality: Alexandria, VA

No. Stop this bill

Last Name: Outlaw Locality: Alexandria, VA


Last Name: Hodge Locality: Halifax

I hope you all will vote NO against this bill. My husband has been incarcerated 22 years since the age of 18. He went in as a immature kid. He has double stacked use of firearms with a felony and got 3 years each which gave a extra 6 years for his crime he already got 20 years for and has completed that "violent" time. Many have similar double stacked charges if not more for this same offense and it's not right! Please be VOTE NO FOR HB1603. Thank You!

Last Name: Collins Organization: Valley Justice Coalition Locality: Stuarts Draft

I left a comment but the page shut down so I'm not sure if it was sent. I apologize if this is a duplicate. Please vote no to exclusions of earned time credits for the incarcerated. We need real rehabilitation not mass incarceration. These individuals are further traumatized by a broken system. When this bill was repealed it stripped hundreds of people of their right to freedom and plans they had made with their families for jobs, travel, weddings, and reunions. The lawsuits stemming from this will cost thousands of taxpayer dollars. Please reinstate what was already granted. People deserve the right to rehabilitate and earn good time. That's the whole point of the incarceration rehabilitation system is it not? By saying that inmates cannot earn good time, they're basically stating that their rehabilitation efforts are a failure. (Which they mostly are any way) take time to talk to prisoners about what really goes on behind the bars and walls of the prison system. The drugs are brought in by the guards. The guards are having sex with the inmates. There are drugs everywhere throughout the prison system, gangs, horrible violence, corruption. Inmates will not talk about what is really happening for fear of retaliation by both the institution and other inmates. We need an immense and complete overhaul of the department of corrections in Virginia. We need mental health treatment, substance use treatment and trauma treatment. Not further violence and solitary confinement and having them living in fear of being attacked 24/7.

Last Name: Temple Organization: Valley Justice Coalition Locality: Rockingham County

Please vote NO on #1603. It would be so unfair to exclude persons.

Last Name: Ross Locality: Virginia Beach

I oppose this bill, for so many reasons! I believe everyone EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO EARN ESC credits no matter what the crime is because it restores Hope encourages people to take classes and work hard to improve themselves and gives them some extra reasons to rehabilitate themselves! I also am a victim of a serious crime unfortunate the man that robbed me was never charged ! But if he was I would have agreed with him earning extra credits for turning his life around! This is bad Legislation … I’m not an attorney, but a lot of you are and I don’t understand how you don’t see that this bill would open up the opportunity for so many to file lawsuits against the state of Virginia and cost taxpayers millions of dollars!

Last Name: Turner Organization: Valley Justice Coalition Locality: Harrisonburg

I represent the Valley Justice Coalition and we strongly oppose this bill. According to the Impact Statement for HB1603, there will be a cost of over a half million dollars EACH year in preparation for the lawsuits the bill is expected to generate. Assuming the State will lose at least some of these lawsuits, this could eventually cost taxpayers millions of dollars. As your constituents, we are appalled that you have such little regard for taxpayers' dollars. Vote NO against HB1603.

Last Name: Laplace Locality: Prince William county

I write to ask you vote NO on HB 1603. The bill as written would unfairly affect many people who deserve an earlier release than this provides. In particular, I note that in paragraph 18 it would reduce the available sentencing credits for ANY felony “involving a firearm” – regardless of the circumstances. This is far too broad and would unjustly deny many people a chance at earlier release who pose no threat to society. It is not unusual for someone to be charged with a felony “involving a firearm” even if the firearm was NOT part of the crime at issue but, for instance, simply located in a dwelling or car where an arrest took place. Moreover, there are still a good number of felonies that are based on marijuana that involve circumstances likely to be legal in the near future. Being incarcerated and having a loved one incarcerated is emotionally, mentally and physically damaging. The current Earned Sentence Credit Bill that is active and in place now, is fair. It already disqualifies violent offenders. Serving more jail time should not be the answer. Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter. Alexis Laplace Woodbridge, VA 22192

Last Name: Fitzpatrick Locality: Greensboro North Carolina

I would like for you to hear me please. I was molested at the age of 5 years old, because my mother wanted her drugs amd men more than me. I was 10 years when I started using drugs and alcohol. By 11 I was told by my grandmother where my mom was so I Hitch hike from. CHICAGO to Cleveland to find her. I dropped out of school in the 6th grade the streets taught me how to read and write. The state trooper picked me up and did a APB for my mom. When found she told them that's not my child you can do whatever you want with her. Now I'm homeless, on drugs amd my parents doesn't want me. I remember being in that bathroom when a GROWN man forced me on my knees and said to me " You're not a little girl anymore you are a grown woman. For 2 weeks in that apartment all the men had their way with me. Now I was being sexually exploited. For 31 years I lived this way. I walked around with 8 pairs of socks because I never had any shoes. My childhood was taken away from me. I can never get that back. There are so many young kids out there who can be saved save them. As of August 6th 2010 which is my date of Grace 2019 I got my High school diploma, graduated college with my associates degree in social work in 2022, I am a publisher author of 31 Years in the Desert, many accomplishments. I will never be able to have children physically this is another reason I stand and not be silent. After 31 Years of hell I walk with my head held high. Something needs to be done to the sex traffickers, not the victims. Why should we be punished with felony records, can't get housing in a neighborhood like you live in. I had to pay double rent because I had prostitution charges. Where is the justice? I hope whoever reads this finds it in their hearts to make the right decisions moving forward. Thank you Castanita Fitzpatrick A Butterfly Gets Her Wings Back LLC. 214.535.3034

Last Name: Jackson Locality: Mineral, Virginia

Vote NO to HB1603! The Earned Sentence Credit bill was studied, investigated, vetted & debated twice and what came from that was a law with the ability to highlight those who have taken full advantage of all programs & requirements of their incarceration & EXCEL! The disgraceful budget amendment stripped enough away. It broke people’s hearts inside and outside of the prison walls, but now this is an attempt to further punish someone who is already serving their time honorably and have made valuable changes to themselves before they knew they could get ESC, and they deserve to be credited what they worked so hard for! Do you realize this makes prison less safe by continually excluding and taking things away from people who have EARNED their good time? It is not given to them, it is EARNED. Put yourself in their shoes for one second! Imagine working hard for no reason at all other than to benefit yourself, being promised you would be rewarded when you least expected it, and then watching quietly while it is snatched away from you! They have no voice right now, but I do! They are not the sum of their worst day but the product of learned lessons through life, maturity & growth achieved while serving their time. VOTE NO!

Last Name: Marki Gaines Locality: Norfolk Virginia

I absolutely and unequivocally DO NOT support this bill.

Last Name: Aaron Hutton Locality: Montgomery county


Last Name: James Organization: Sistas in Prison Reform Locality: Prince William County

I think its appalling that you are attempting to take away EARNED sentencing credits from men and women who has done their fiduciary duties to rehabilitate themselves while incarcerated. Lawmakers has got to stop singling out individuals based on their offenses and allow them to be seen and deemed rehabilitated for who they are today. The sentencing credits is not a point system given to an individual, it's a system that's earned through hard work, dedication and mindset changes in behavior over years of incarceration. I OPPOSE this bill that would attempt to remove the right for these men and women to receive credits they have earned by remaining infraction free and are not deemed a threat to public safety. Please vote NO for this bill of legislation.

Last Name: Lawson Organization: W.A.R.P. - We Are Respecter of People Locality: Independence

ESC- is a bill that was give then pulled back at the hands of our government, our jails and prisons are overcrowded, understaffed and more over these men and women deserve to have the opportunity for less time after sentencing, DOC is the worlds second largest industry we are manufacturing Criminals more than all other countries combined yet we say we are the land of the free… I believe this bill will provide structure but also allow reduced sentences by credits earned Im in support of this bills it will not only help the incarcerated people but their families who suffer behind incarceration

Last Name: Aquino Organization: My family Locality: Chesterfield

Pleaae vote no. This isn't fair to no violent offenders who have rehabilitated and changed their lives completely. My husband has served nearly 25 years in the VADOC, and this will hinder his chances of coming hime early. Not everyone who receives a firearm charge is violent. If you review a lot of cases, you will see that sometimes, they were given a firearm charge because of a circumstantial event or the way the charges were filed. It's not always because they were violent people. This needs to be reviewed and reworded, if nothing else. Please, consider the people who deserve to go home, and the families that need them??? Please vote NO!??

Last Name: Howell Organization: Jacob Aquino Locality: Port Orange


Last Name: Anderson Locality: Port Orange

I cannot begin to express the level of intelligence and maturity of this individual but the fact that he has turned his life around speaks for itself he pushes nothing but encouragement, love, and peace into the world. I am humbly asking for his release as he does not deserve to be punished and persecuted in innocence. I can guarantee within his release he will have nothing but a heavy positive effect on those around him and the general community he deserves to live a normal life he deserves to work a job and be there for his children and grandchildren. He has served more than enough time of sufferation at the hands of the Virginia department of corrections when is enough, enough? When has a man paid his debt? Take my words and the fact that he has been reforming for the last 20 years from any negative habits or behaviors he once portrayed into consideration. Sincerely Anderson,

Last Name: Sprifke Locality: Culpeper

Vote NO to HB1603. VADOC's main goal and focus should be rehabilitation. Taking away the opportunity for incarcerated men and woman to earn reduced time for working towards being better is wrong. Some are actually taking the time to better themselves. Have families to come home to, children they have sadly missed important milestones, so many factors that make a person to strive to be better. No one knows what the full circumstances are when a person committed any crime. We as community members in the commonwealth need to be proactive in helping these men and woman get home where they belong. Let's also include the terrible language of this bill. Inmates have no access to firearms while in confinement, so where does that language apply? There ARE so MANY errors with this bill proposal. Also, you have majority of inmates who have mixed charges, so non firearm related charges are still eligible. OR does the 1 charge that is firearm related reduce to zero? I think there should be concrete clarification on all points of this bill. Until all things are clarified and written without any confusion this is a definite NO

Last Name: Hanlon Locality: Summerfield

Please Vote No & Do Not support this bill. Not all people who have been convicted are violent. It’s unfair to someone who has worked hard to turn their life around, to be denied a chance at early release..

Last Name: Ryan Locality: Augusta county

I oppose this. I believe people deserve a second chance and should be rehabilitated so they can come home to their families

Last Name: Godley-Cooper Locality: Durham


Last Name: Herbick Organization: Jacob mcquino Locality: Ogdensburg

Thier are thousands of inmates that got a boat load of time they don't deserve, People can and do change their lives..

Last Name: Gaines Locality: Norfolk

I DO NOT support HB 1603.

Last Name: Marker Locality: Eaton

Please vote NO. If a person is behaving enough to earn good time they should be allowed to have it. Thank you

Last Name: Hendrickson Locality: Abercrombie

I would like you to vote no on this bill as taking away good time essentially takes away the hope of the imprisoned. It isn't ethical or right at all.

Last Name: Ingram Locality: Roanoke

I'm writing to you all on behalf of my husband, Marcus Conrad Ingram, Inmate #1090850 in the Virginia Department of Corrections. Mr. Ingram has been incarcerated for over 17 years, having been sentenced to a total of 32 years for armed robbery with mace in 3 jurisdictions. Because he had mace, his charges of put him in the “violent offender” category, therefore he isn't eligible for Earned Sentence Credits yet, but I'm hoping this bill will be such that he qualifies. No one was seriously injured during the robberies, and while we agree that incarceration was necessary, 32 years is more than excessive. The sentencing Judge, Judge Weckstein, said he was going to “make an example of” Mr. Ingram, and sentenced him to 32 years. After his original sentence, Mr. Ingram’s lawyer filed a motion to reduce his sentence on 6/19/07, again outlining the conditions under which Mr. Ingram was suffering at the time of the crimes, to include major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse, ajd drug abuse. Mr. Ingram is extremely remorseful for his actions and can be a valuable member of society if given the chance. He's missed most of his children's lives and has certainly been humbled by his experience. He has employable skills, job offers lined up, and a stable home environment with me upon his release.

Last Name: Strange Locality: Sumner


Last Name: Carlson Locality: New lenox

Being the man home to his family

Last Name: Martinez Locality: Chesterfield

Please vote NO!!?? everyone deserves a second chance, and people change. Not all firearms charges are violent.

Last Name: Straley Locality: Winnebago

HB 1603. I’m voting no! If these inmates have been given “good time”, they should be allowed to keep it whether you stop adding to it or not. Some have worked very hard to try to get back to society, families and friends. Please don’t hinder the ones who are successfully going through their incarceration without incident! Thank you.

Last Name: Ray Locality: Lancaster

I think they should vote against this. This bill is hindering thousands of people from receiving their good time and getting them back home to their families whom miss and love them dearly!

Last Name: Crenshaw Locality: Norfolk

Statistically speaking Virginia has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country. However incarcerated men and women, many who are black and brown, remain imprisoned under unfathomable conditions. Despite these circumstances these same men and women have worked hard to EARN their good time by staying infraction free, participating in programs, and overall changing their lives around. Please be a voice for the preferably unheard and recognize that HB 1603 is NOT the answer to curbing violent crimes involving firearms. Vote NO today!

Last Name: Muir Locality: Norfolk

My fiance got sentence to 5 years in prison. He will be out in 2025. I want him to get out early for good behavior. He hasn't been in any trouble since he been in prison. I need him out & give him a chance.

Last Name: Jessup Organization: Ignite Justice Locality: Appomattox

Comments Document

Attached you will find my speech that I hope you will consider prior to todays meeting. Thank you.

Last Name: Aquino Locality: Richmond

Please, vote NO!??? Not everyone convinced of a firearm offense is violent. To categorize them all as violent, is ridiculous, and unfair. There are thousands of families who need their loved ones home. There are thousands of men and women who have been over sentenced because of a firearm charge. Please consider the men and women affected by this decision. The families torn apart, the financial burden, the incarcerated individuals who have served 20, 30, and 40 year in the VADOC, who deserves a second chance, and deserve to be reunited with their families, but are hindered from doing so, because of the language, and labeling in this bill. Please ask yourself, if this is how you would want to be labeled and treated, if you made a poor choice as, a teenager??? ... Or if your son, daughter, or loved one was locked away with no hope for 30, 40, or 50 years. ESC was earned, and taking it away from people who have earned it, is unfair, unconscionable, and cruel. Please, let our loved ones have a chance to come home?? Thank you.

Last Name: Gardner Locality: Chesterfield

Not everyone convinced of a firearm offense is violent. To categorize them all as violent, is ridiculous, and unfair. There are thousands of families who need their loved ones home. There are thousands of men and women who have been over sentenced because of a firearm charge. Please consider the men and women affected by this decision. The families torn apart, the financial burden, the incarcerated individuals who have served 20, 30, and 40 year in the VADOC, who deserves a second chance, and deserve to be reunited with their families, but are hindered from doing so, because of the language, and labeling in this bill. Please ask yourself, if this is how you would want to be labeled and treated, if you made a poor choice as, a teenager??? ... Or if your son, daughter, or loved one was locked away with no hope for 30, 40, or 50 years. ESC was earned, and taking it away from people who have earned it, is unfair, unconscionable, and cruel. Please, let our loved ones have a chance to come home??

Last Name: Fisher Locality: Virginia

Please vote NO FOR HB1603 - we should be including more people to have the chance to earn their way home sooner! Prison is about rehabilitation and growing and learning from past mistakes, give our loved ones the chance to show that they’ve grown! It’s called EARNED sentence credits for a reason!!!

Last Name: Dalton Organization: Ignite Justice Locality: Richmond

Hello, I am one of the founders and Executive Director of Ignite Justice, a local non-profit organization that works with incarcerated individuals and their families. I’m here today to ask you to vote no to House Bill 1603, which will amend and reenact the Earned Sentence Credit. Virginia consistently has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country. According to recidivism studies including ones conducted by the Virginia Department of Corrections, individuals with violent crimes as their most serious offense are far less likely to re-offend than non-violent. Earned good time credit can increase accountability and rehabilitation. It has been shown that incentives like increased earned good time, leads to increased participation in programs, which in turn further decreases recidivism rates and increases safety at correctional facilities. It is difficult to remain infraction-free inside of these prisons and they have done that. This is earned good time. Earned good time credit can increase accountability and rehabilitation. In my over 10 years of experience working with incarcerated individuals, I have learned that people are capable of great change. The men and women who will be affected by this bill, have shown that they have changed. They have worked hard to rehabilitate themselves and to come back into society. I have seen men and women who served their time come home and make a deep impact in their communities, working to prevent the next generation from following the same path. These are the types of men and women we are keeping inside of prisons by passing this bill. This bill is purely punitive. Again I’m asking this committee to vote no to this bill. Thank you, Jennifer Dalton Founder/ Executive Director 804-485-3314

Last Name: Wallace Locality: Amelia

My husband is incarcerated for a robbery charge in which nobody was hurt and no weapon was involved but because it is a robbery charge he is excluded and considered a violent criminal. Our 16 year old son and only child was murdered over the summer and this is some thing neither my husband or I should be dealing with alone and away from each other. I need my husband home with me. He has remained out of trouble and done what he is supposed to be doing. And I can speak from both sides and I can tell you right now the person who killed our son if he does his time changes his life for the better and feels remorse then I am absolutely okay with him being let out earlier if he has done everything he is supposed to do and earned that chance. People change just like people make mistakes and learn from them.

Last Name: Chaffin Locality: Richmond, VA

My name is Alison Chaffin, I am a special education teacher and higher education professor. I have a passion for prison reform due to the school to prison pipeline. Also, I have a loved one who has served 6 years in his incarceration. But this is not who he is. He is a father, a son, a brother and a member of his community. I'm asking today to please not support HB 1603. The state of the carceral system in Virginia makes it extremely difficult to remain infraction free, these men and women have worked hard to prepare themselves to come, and by that very fact shown that they have changed and earned the right to a second chance. Virginia is one of the highest states to incarcerate our black men and women. This is racist bill that will continue to disproportionately affect our black men and women and our children. Like Reverend Jerome Barber said in the opening, “let’s be a voice for the voiceless” and vote no for HB 1603. Let Virginia lead the way in closing the school to prison pipeline and encourage our men and women behind bars to reform. Thank you.

Last Name: Ross Locality: Virginia Beach

Please vote NO FOR HB1603 we should be including more people to have the chance to earn yes I WROTE EARN a chance to come home a little sooner!

Last Name: Shelton Organization: Ignite Justice Locality: Richmond

My name is Emily Shelton. I am the founder of Ignite Justice, a non profit organization that focuses on the incarcerated population and their families. I also am a mother and a wife of someone incarcerated. Supporting earned sentence credits as an incentive provides active accountability, recognizes rehabilitative progress, and contributes to both a constructive correctional culture and gives an offender a positive goal. Research shows that offering these incentives has increased the successful completion of community supervision, participation in programming, decreases our prisons population, improves prison conduct, and contributes to system-wide fiscal savings. Studies also show that earned sentence credit benefits the community by reducing recidivism rates and improving post-release employment opportunities. At this time i am requesting you do not pass hb 1603 and give all violent offenders the opportunity to earn time off their sentencing to help them be productive in society. Thank You, Emily Shelton Ignite Justice-Founder 804-326-4414

HB1672 - Resisting detention; Class 3 misdemeanor.
No Comments Available
HB2012 - Retired Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges; recall in circuit courts.
No Comments Available
HB2015 - Unlawful picketing or parading to obstruct or influence justice; penalty.
Last Name: Nicholls Locality: Chesapeake

This bill will help in stopping of bullying, intimidation, and mob rule of a judge when they need to be impartial and not influenced by anything other than the law.

Last Name: Savage Locality: Falls Church

I oppose HB2015 as it is clearly unconstitutional.

HB2016 - Appointment of counsel; Class 1 felony cases, compensation.
No Comments Available
HB2020 - Unmanned aircraft systems; trespass over correctional facilities, penalty.
Last Name: Bruch Locality: Roanoke County

This bill would only further the patchwork of federal, state, and local laws addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The FAA has stated twice that "State and local governments are not permitted to regulate any type of aircraft operations, such as flight paths or altitudes, or the navigable airspace." The restrictions proposed in this bill would also not be shown on the UAS Data Display System, nor many other maps drone flyers may reference. Additionally Code of Virginia Titles 18.2-473 through 18.2-474.1 already address delivery of contraband to prisoners if that is patron's concern. Instead of implementing lateral flight restrictions, the state is empowered to limit the takeoff or landing of an UAS on the specific state or local property in question, however signage should be posted as due notice to the public.

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