Commonwealth’s Attorneys Platania, Hingeley join call for criminal justice reforms

Commonwealth’s Attorneys Platania, Hingeley join call for criminal justice reforms
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville and Albemarle County’s commonwealth’s attorneys are participating in a letter to the General Assembly, calling on state legislators to take up criminal justice reform in the upcoming session.

Charlottesville announced Monday, January 4, that both Joseph Platania and Jim Hingeley signed the letter Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice had sent to leaders in Richmond.

“Many of the statewide reforms we are advocating for are already standard practice in each of our offices and the local courts,” Platania and Hingeley said in Monday’s media release. “We are proud to stand alongside other elected prosecutors from around Virginia and appreciate the General Assembly considering our input.”

The letter encourages the advancement of the following proposals:

  • Automated, automatic, and free expungement of criminal records for formerly system-involved community members
  • End mandatory minimum sentences
  • End cash bail
  • Abolish the death penalty
  • End the “three strikes” felony enhancement for petty larceny offenses.

A copy of the full letter can be downloaded here.

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