Virginia lawmakers on the Senate Courts of Justice committee will hear the Senate bill (sb1437) today at 4 p.m. in Senate room A.
Parole; exception to limitation on the application of parole statutes; investigations and reports by probation officers. Provides that a person is entitled to parole who was sentenced by a jury prior to the date of the Supreme Court of Virginia decision in Fishback v. Commonwealth, 260 Va. 104 (June 9, 2000), in which the Court held that a jury should be instructed on the fact that parole has been abolished, for a non-capital felony committed after the time that the abolition of parole went into effect (January 1, 1995). The bill also allows a pre-sentence report to be made available for review without a court order to incarcerated persons who are eligible for release by the Virginia Parole Board, or to such person’s counsel.
View the full SB1437 and the state code at RichmondSunlight.com