COVID-19 cases in Virginia prisons and jails continue to climb, yet those in charge are doing the bare minimum to release people who don't pose a threat to others.
Governor Ralph Northam has the power to grant clemency to people who are incarcerated through a process called conditional pardon, but he has not released any data about his progress. We don't know how many people have been reviewed, approved, or denied. His administration has claimed "executive privilege" and refused to answer any questions about conditional pardons, or even to confirm that they are working to get eligible people released.
Transparency is essential to trust. Virginians deserve to know if our governor is using everything in his toolbox to protect the health of people who are incarcerated who pose no threat to others.
Governor Ralph Northam