It is hard to believe that the summer is coming to an end and the General Assembly session is right around the corner. To kick start the coming season of advocacy for the Don’t Throw Away the Key Campaign, please join us at the Virginia State Crime Commission on September 8th at 10 a.m. in Richmond. See the flyer for further details.
This meeting will mark the end of a several years long study of the trial and incarceration of youth as adults in Virginia. Staff will present the findings of the study and recommendations for legislative change. Also included in the report may be some recommendation as to two bills from last year’s General Assembly session which were carried over and sent to the Crime Commission for further study. One of these bills, SB 205 sponsored by Senator Edwards, would greatly improve Virginia’s system of trying youth as adults by limiting prosecutorial discretion. However, there is another bill, SB 389 sponsored by Senator McDougle, which would result in more youth being tried as adults for less serious crimes. There will be an opportunity for public comment after the staff’s presentation. If you are interested in giving public comment, please consider using these talking points as a guide.
Don’t Throw Away the Key advocates have consistently made it clear to the Crime Commission by turning out in large numbers for meetings that our youth matter and that this is an issue that matters. We must remind them of this again on September 8th! We need as many folks there as possible. Use this flyer to spread the word.
Also, be on the lookout for other opportunities to advocate and have your voice heard on behalf of Don’t Throw Away the Key!
See you on the 8th!