VOICE Leverages Pledges on Criminal Justice Reform from Virginia Governor and Attorney General

Criminal Justice

VOICE Leverages Pledges on Criminal Justice Reform from Virginia Governor and Attorney General

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Metro IAF

October 21st: In Virginia, nearly 1,400 VOICE leaders turned out to a non-partisan action where Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring committed on issues of criminal justice reform, mental health resources in schools, affordable housing and immigration. VOICE won commitments from both Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring to lead with VOICE on reforming the Virginia cash bail system, and Herring released a legal memorandum outlining practical and constitutional concerns with the current system. The Governor also committed to convene a meeting in December with key Republicans and Democrats to strategize on how to decrease mass incarceration, and committed to ending the suspension of drivers licenses for people with unpaid court debt.

Northam and Herring both attended VOICE's non-partisan candidate forum in 2017 and returned this year for VOICE's 2018 accountability forum. The Governor showed recognition to VOICE's work on increasing the felony threshold level in the last year from $200-$500 dollars and winning a dedicated funding package for WMATA metro transportation saying, "That was because of you."