Delegate-elect Carroll Foy is the first public defender ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and pledged to reform the criminal justice system during her campaign

    RICHMOND, VA – Delegate-elect Jennifer Carroll Foy today introduced three bills aimed at improving the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth.

    “Though these bills are technical, they are the first step toward creating a smarter, fairer, and more effective criminal justice system,” said Delegate-elect Jennifer Carroll Foy. “For years, we have seen politicians claim that punitive, so called “tough on crime” laws will keep us safe. Simply put: these —disportionately hurting African American and Latino populations, ripping families apart, and passing along billions of dollars in expenses to taxpayers—all without improving public safety. As the first public defender to be elected to the House of Delegates, I am thrilled to lead the charge to create a justice system that truly upholds the ideals of the constitution and provides liberty and justice for all, regardless of class, race or gender.”

    These new bills include:

    HB 113: A bill that raises the grand larceny threshold from $200 to $1000.

    HB 112: A bill that clarifies that forging a police summons is a misdemeanor, not a felony

    HB 126: A bill that requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commision to study parole-eligible inmates.

    Delegate-elect Carroll Foy will also propose a reform of discovery rules to finally modernize criminal case discovery in Virginia and help guarantee that the right people go to jail, and the right people stay out of it.

    According to studies by the Justice Policy Center and Old Dominion University, the Commonwealth of Virginia spends roughly $1.13 billion each year operating state prisons that hold over 25,000 inmates. African Americans are currently incarcerated at six times the rate of caucasians in Virginia.

  • James McCarthy

    Bills favored by voters would have a better chance of a hearing and/or passage were committee and subcommittee legislator votes were recorded.