Parole; exception to limitation on the application of parole statutes. (SB821)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Parole; exception to limitation on the application of parole statutes. Provides that an incarcerated person is eligible for parole if (i) such person 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 noncapital felony committed on or after the abolition of parole went into effect (on January 1, 1995) and (ii) the jury was not instructed on the abolition of parole in the Commonwealth. The bill also provides that any person eligible for parole as provided by the provisions of this bill shall be given priority for consideration of parole over all other eligible persons and shall have a parole hearing no later than July 1, 2021. This bill was incorporated into SB 793. Read the Bill »


02/03/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105162D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/17/2020Rereferred from Rehabilitation and Social Services (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2020Rereferred to Judiciary
01/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB821)
01/24/2020Assigned Juciciary sub: Criminal Law
01/24/2020Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/03/2020Incorporated by Judiciary (SB793-McClellan) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)