Tell Lawmakers to Give Rehabilitated People a Second Chance
Virginia has the 17th highest imprisonment rate in the country and spends $1.4 billion dollars annually to keep people in prison. Approximately 14% of the state's prison population is serving lifelong sentences, even though research has repeatedly shown that extreme sentences do not result in safer communities.
A Second Look law would allow people with unnecessarily long sentences to petition the court for resentencing after serving 10 to 15 years in prison, depending on the age they were originally sentenced. This would provide an incentive to people who've received extremely long sentences to take accountability and focus on rehabilitation during their period of incarceration.
People change. We need a criminal legal system that recognizes the hard work that people do to rehabilitate themselves. Locking people up and throwing away the key devastates families and deprives communities of all the good people can do when given a chance. A Second Look law could save lives and millions of taxpayer dollars. Tell your lawmakers to vote for Second Look legislation.
Your State Senator
Your State House Representative