Virginia

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:


April 9, 2014

Time for ‘Smart-on-Crime’ Policies, Principles

(Gus Smith and Bobby Vassar Op-Ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch) —  We know Virginia. All too well. One of us has been on the side of Virginia policymaking — making decisions that impacted many, including tough judgment calls. The other has been on the receiving end of the system — accepting policies and decisions that… Read more »


November 20, 2013

Tide Has Shifted In Punishing Drug Crimes

(Idaho Press-Tribune Editorial) — As the budgets for government agencies at all levels — city, county, state and federal — get tighter and tighter and, in some cases, debt mounts higher and higher, many of us have had to take a hard look at our priorities. In some cases, we’ve made some major shifts in… Read more »


September 27, 2013

ALEC: A Safety Valve for Overcrowded Prisons

(Washington Times op-ed by Cara Sullivan, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)) — The Senate Judiciary Committee met on Sept. 18 to examine the efficacy of mandatory-minimum sentences and to discuss “safety-valve” policies that would increase judicial discretion, maximize the effectiveness of the criminal justice system and increase safety among the nation’s communities. Policymakers are correct to be concerned… Read more »


August 28, 2013

Time Served — and Wasted — for a Nonviolent Drug Offense

FAMM member Debi Campbell wrote this compelling op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. When I learned this month that Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was proposing to change how the federal government charges and sentences nonviolent drug offenders, I thought to myself, “It’s about time.” I know a thing or two about time. I… Read more »