Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General


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Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Attorney General Miyares Addresses Public Safety Risk Posed by Enhanced Earned Sentence Credit System

RICHMOND, Va. – Attorney General Jason Miyares today voiced serious public safety concerns about violent offenders receiving reduced sentences. On July 1st, the prohibition on enhanced earned sentence credits for inmates convicted of both violent and nonviolent offenses expired, rendering over 7,000 violent offenders eligible for reduced sentences.

Among these offenders are individuals convicted of major crimes, including first-degree murder, abduction, rape, manslaughter, and robbery. Alarmingly, approximately 25% of these inmates have been identified as high-risk for violent recidivism, meaning they have a high likelihood of reoffending violently.

“These alarming statistics are underscored by a disturbing truth my office uncovered in February: inmates released under the ‘enhanced’ earned sentence credit system are significantly more likely to reoffend and be rearrested – especially for violent crimes – than those released under the standard earned sentence credit system,” said Attorney General Miyares. “I believe in redemption and am a strong proponent for helping our returning citizens re-enter society to live productive lives. However, aggressive retroactive sentence reductions for violent criminals with a high risk of recidivism undermines our justice system and disregards victims. Good intentions do not equal good results. It’s increasingly clear that the enhanced earned sentence credit system poses a serious risk to Virginians."

The Office of the Attorney General will continue to monitor the situation and work with local law enforcement to ensure Virginians’ safety.