In Virginia there are over 80 crimes in which you can be get minimal sentencing for, they include drunk driving, drugs, sex crimes, non-DUI driving offences, firearm crimes, assault offences, and ‘other offences’ which includes vandalism and trespassing.
This will put power back in the hands of the judicial branch. It will allow the judge to look at the facts of each individual case and to allow sentencing to meet the crime that has been committed.
The prison system in our county can’t expand at a rate that meets the level of people who are being incarcerated, and so we get mass overcrowding in the system.
$20,108 is the average cost per year per prisoner in the State of Flordia, the longer that you keep someone in jail, the more it will cost.
Big criminals: one of the only way to get a lighter sentence is to give the prosecutor details about other criminals and only the “big” criminals have this information, so in effect they get the lesser sentenceing
Class A, B, and C felonies include:
Judges will still be able to give tough sentencing but they won’t have to if they feel that the defendant doesn’t need it. “The U.S. Sentencing Commission and the Department of Justice have both concluded that mandatory sentencing fails to deter crime.”