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Sun Gazette: Hope’s Measure for Geriatric Prisoners Rejected Print


Created:  Saturday, February 4, 2012

Legislation patroned by Del. Patrick Hope allowing more leeway for state prisoners to be given conditional release based on their age was defeated in a House of Delegates subcommittee.

Hope (D-47th) proposed that any prisoner serving a sentence for a felony conviction – except Class 1 felonies – could petition the state Parole Board for conditional release, regardless of the length of time served.

Current law allows prisoners age 60 to 65 to petition for release after serving at least 10 years, and those 65 and older to petition for release after serving at least five years.

A subcommittee of the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety nixed the measure on a voice vote.