RICHMOND, Va. – On Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam has announced his criminal justice reform agenda for 2020.
Here are some of the topics he touched on in the proposed legislation:
Decriminalization of marijuana
Instead of simple possession of marijuana being a criminal offense, the governor has proposed a $50 civil fine.
According to the governor’s office, studies show that in Virginia, African Americans are much more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white residents.
If the legislation is passed, it would also clear the records of individuals who have been previously convicted of simple possession.
Raise the felony larceny threshold to $1,000
Last year, the governor signed legislation that raised the felony larceny threshold to $500 — the first time it had been raised since 1980.