Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp on Governor’s Proposals

According to social media posts, Chuck Slemp, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County & City of Norton commented on new proposals;
Many criminal justice reforms have been proposed recently by Governor Northam and the new Democratic majorities in the General Assembly. House Bill 285, prohibits a court from requiring a secured bond as a condition of pretrial release of a person arrested for any crime, felony or misdemeanor.
Basically the new law prevents judges from ordering criminal suspects jailed or requiring them to post a secured bond for pretrial release, no matter how clear a threat to public safety they pose. This virtually guarantees a revolving door for criminals.
In strong opposition to the Governor’s proposal to return us to the failed and dangerous parole system Slemp stated;
The parole system lied to jurors when they sentenced individuals upon conviction. It also lied to victims when it told them they would be safe from the criminal for a set period of time. The reality of the parole system is that the amount of time a criminal spends in prison isn’t determined by the citizen jurors or judges that heard the evidence. Instead, that time is determined by a group of appointed bureaucrats who are empowered to ignore the decisions of juries and judges and cut a sentence by seventy-five percent. All victims of crime should be very concerned with this proposal.
Virginia is one of the safest states in the nation. Yet our Governor has made it clear that he wishes to see violent criminals released from prison early and disarm law abiding citizens at the same time. His plan will serve to ignore the voices of the victims, undermine the efforts of law enforcement and risk the safety of all citizens across the commonwealth.
Northam’s agenda also includes marijuana decriminalization, parole reform, lowering the penalties for those caught stealing smaller dollar items, and reducing the number of Virginias with suspended driver’s licenses. Commonwealth Attorney Slemp admitted to being concerned by proposed criminal justice reforms, and labels the governor’s agenda as “radical.”


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