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Virginia lawmakers pleased with criminal justice reform measures passed during legislative session

Several bills still need to be signed by Gov. Ralph Northam

The criminal justice reform measures include the abolishment of the death penalty and attempts to legalize marijuana.
The criminal justice reform measures include the abolishment of the death penalty and attempts to legalize marijuana.

ROANOKE, Va – As the General Assembly session comes to an end, lawmakers are pleased with some of the major criminal justice reform measures taken during the session.

From abolishing the death penalty to the push for legalizing marijuana, Del. Sam Rasoul says he hopes to see legislators continue to push for bipartisan work on improving the criminal justice system.

“I think it’s great to make sure that in fact, we’re after justice and not vengeance that we are giving people the second chances that they need, and that we figure out a way to reintegrate people back into society that keeps us safer and helps our economy,” Rasoul said.

Several bills still need to be signed by Gov. Ralph Northam before becoming law.


About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.