20th Anniversary of the passage of the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act and Pretrial Services Act

9/24/2015

WHEREAS,  the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act and Pretrial Services Act, passed in 1995, have proven to be  major successes by adding a much-needed dimension to Virginia’s continuum of local and state public safety services; and

WHEREAS, the Community Corrections Act mandated local probation agencies to provide alternatives to incarceration for adults convicted of certain misdemeanors or non-violent felonies, and today they serve 95% of Virginia’s localities; and

WHEREAS, the number of offenders under local probation supervision on any given day has grown from 5,000 in 1995 to over 20,000 today, completing as many as 500,000 hours of community service work and paying nearly $2 million in victim restitution each year; and

WHEREAS, the Pretrial Services Act authorized local pretrial agencies to provide defendant risk assessments and bail recommendations to judges, and supervision to defendants awaiting trial, and today these agencies serve 99 localities using a Virginia-developed risk assessment that has become a national model; and

WHEREAS, pretrial services caseloads have increased 600% since 1995, with 97% of supervised defendants appearing for their court hearings, and atsignificantly less cost than incarceration in a local jail; and

WHEREAS, the local Community Criminal Justice Boards created under these Acts have brought together local public safety, mental health, education, and other government officials and citizens to identify gaps in local resources, coordinate services and develop cost-effective solutions to crime; and

WHEREAS, the 20th anniversary of the passage of this landmark legislation provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate Virginia’s commitment to public safety and to recognize those who played key roles in passing and continue to successfully implement the legislation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize the 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PASSAGE OF THE COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ACT AND PRETRIAL SERVICES ACT in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens. 

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