The Washington Post: Virginia’s extreme sentences don’t make us safer, and they hurt communities
Juanita Belton, co-founder of Sistas in Prison Reform, recently penned an opinion piece for The Washington Post highlighting the importance of second look legislation in Virginia.
In the piece, she writes:
“Virginia just hit a major milestone in justice reform: Legislation recently went into effect officially abolishing the death penalty. But thousands of Virginians are still forced to die or live most of their lives within our criminal justice system. Virginia’s criminal legal system regularly doles out cruel, extreme sentences that last more than 20 years. I am hopeful that state officials will give all extreme sentences a second look.”