Does the state have mandatory minimum sentences? Yes. Click here to read the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission's list. The mandatory minimums are in the far right-hand column, and D stands for days, M for months, and Y for years.
Does the state have a sentencing commission? Yes, the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission.
Does the state have sentencing guidelines? Yes, the “Virginia Sentencing Guidelines.”
If yes, are the sentencing guidelines voluntary/advisory or mandatory? Voluntary/advisory.
Does the state have drug courts? Yes. Click here to learn more.
Does the state have one or more safety valves/exceptions? Yes. Click here to learn more. To learn more about safety valves, read our factsheet, Safety Valves in a Nutshell.
Recommendations of the Alternatives for Nonviolent Offenders Task Force (2009)
Assessing Consistency and Fairness in Sentencing: A Comparative Study in Three States (2008, The National Center for State Courts)
Governor Bob McDonnell
Virginia Department of Corrections
Virginia Parole Board
Virginia Executive Clemency (pardons and commutations): Requests go to Office of the Secretary of Commonwealth.
Virginia General Assembly (state legislature)
Virginia Court System
Virginia Drug Courts
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Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in the State
ACLU of Virginia
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