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Do minimum sentences protect victims of domestic violence?

By MECHELLE HANKERSON, Virginia Mercury

Around the same time that Gov. Ralph Northam dedicated the month of May to conversations about criminal justice reform, he vetoed a bill that would have required minimum sentencing for people charged with domestic violence crimes for the second time. Dels. Kathleen Murphy, D-McLean, and Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, co-sponsored a bill that would have required 60 days of jail time for someone who is convicted of an act of domestic violence within 10 years of being convicted of assault and battery against a family member.

VaNews May 17, 2019