Releasing Violent Offenders Early: Meanwhile, SB 5034 would retroactively reduce sentences for thousands of prisoners. While the current version of the bill excludes some serious offenders, it would still allow the early release of others, including (1) Offenders who created or sold child pornography, (2) Offenders who organized or profited from child prostitution, and (3) Offenders convicted of 3rd offense domestic assault or strangulation. These are dangerous offenders who should serve their entire sentences as imposed by the judge or jury. Again, Senate Committee Republicans voted no, but this measure passed on a party-line vote.
Is our community safer with this bill? Senators Surovell and McPike, who represent part of Prince William County voted for this bill in committee.