Action Alert: Oppose a bad youth justice bill in VA

Action Alert: Oppose a bad youth justice bill in VA

A bill (HB 718) that would make it easier to try youth as adults and greatly expand the number of youth tried as adults is moving swiftly through the Virginia House of Delegates.  Our best chance to stop it will be to block the Virginia Senate version, SB 419.  It will probably be heard next week in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  It is important for these legislators to hear from juvenile defense attorneys and others who know how juvenile transfer/certification REALLY works and the problems associated with this practice.  Keep reading for several ways you can take action to oppose this bill!

If you are represented by one of the key Virginia state senators* listed below, please call them THIS WEEK and tell them:

“As your constituent, I ask you to oppose SB 419, which would result in more kids being tried as adults.  Youth crime rates are dropping, so this bill is unnecessary, and it’s expensive.” 

If you have a story that highlights the problems associated with transfer/certification, explain it briefly.  Then please share this alert with anyone you know who is also represented by these senators.  If you can recruit 5 or more people to call, it will really make a difference!

* If you’re not sure who your Virginia state senator is, use the “Who’s My Legislator?” page.

Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr.   (R) (Chair)

(804) 698-7503

district03@senate.virginia.gov

District includes: Gloucester County (All); Hampton City (Part); Isle of Wight County (Part); James City County (Part); King and Queen County (All); King William County (All); New Kent County (All); Poquoson City (All); Suffolk City (Part); Surry County(Part); York County (Part)

Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel   (R)

(804) 698-7527

email: district27@senate.virginia.gov

District includes: Clarke County (All); Culpeper County (Part); Fauquier County (All); Frederick County (All); Loudoun County (Part);Stafford County (Part); Winchester City (All)

Senator Richard H. Stuart   (R)

(804) 698-7528

email: district28@senate.virginia.gov

District includes: King George County (Part); Prince William County (Part); Spotsylvania County (Part); Stafford County (Part);Westmoreland County (Part)

Senator Bryce E. Reeves   (R)

(804) 698-7517

email: district17@senate.virginia.gov

District includes: Albemarle County (Part); Culpeper County (Part); Fredericksburg City (All); Louisa County (Part); Orange County(All); Spotsylvania County (Part)

If you aren’t represented by one of these Senators but still want to take action, call your Senator and tell them to vote against this bill or follow this LINK to email all of the members of the relevant committees.

Lastly, if you are interested in speaking before the legislative committee on this subject please email Kate Duvall for details.

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