The General Assembly has stalled an effort to give a chance of parole to Virginia inmates who may have received inflated sentences.
Governor Terry McAuliffe's administration backed the bill that would aid a group of inmates who were potentially unfairly punished because their juries weren't informed that Virginia had abolished parole in 1995.
The bill had been narrowed to apply only to nonviolent inmates, of which prison officials said there are only about 17. It easily passed the Senate this month but was effectively killed in a House subcommittee Monday.
Brian Moran, secretary of public safety and homeland security, said the bill's failure shows the difficulty in making even limited improvements to Virginia's parole laws.