Tell Lawmakers Everyone Deserves a Second Chance
We all deserve a second chance – but in Virginia, it’s hard to get one.
Virginia has the 17th highest imprisonment rate in the country and spends $1.4 billion dollars annually to keep people in prison. Locking people up and throwing away the key devastates families, and it deprives communities of all the good that people can do when given a chance.
It’s time for a Second Look Law that would allow people with unnecessarily long sentences to petition the court for resentencing. Research has shown repeatedly that longer sentences don’t make Virginia any safer. But incentivizing rehabilitation does.
Every holiday season, the criminal legal system keeps too many families apart. Second Look legislation would give whole families a second chance by reuniting people who do the hard work of rehabilitation with their loved ones.
Virginia needs a Second Look Law. Tell your lawmakers that reuniting families could save lives and millions of taxpayer dollars.
Let’s make sure that more families can spend next holiday season together.
Your State Senator
Your State House Representative