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NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: CRIME COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 15TH MEETING AGENDA

 

The next meeting of the Crime Commission is scheduled for Monday, November 15th at 10:00 a.m. in the Shared Committee Room of the Pocahontas Building, Richmond.  

NOTE: The November and December meeting topics have been merged into this one meeting. The December 8th Crime Commission meeting has been cancelled. 

This meeting is open to the public. Presentations will be made available on Monday, November 15th at approximately 10:00 a.m. on the Crime Commission's website.

Meeting Livestream: https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/committees/commstream.html

Public Comment (3 minutes per person):

 

Check the legislative calendar at LIS Meetings or our website for changes or updates. 

11/10/21


NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: CRIME COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 4TH MEETING AGENDA

 

The next meeting of the Crime Commission is scheduled for Thursday, November 4th at 10:00 a.m. in the House Committee Room of the Pocahontas Building, Richmond.

The following topics are planned for presentation:

    • Virginia Pre-Trial Data Project Final Report;
    • Secured Bond (Cash Bail); and,
    • Diversion.
 

This meeting is open to the public.  Presentations will be made available on Thursday, November 4th at approximately 10:00 a.m. on the Crime Commission's website.

Meeting Livestream: https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/committees/commstream.html

Public Comment (3 minutes per person):

 

Check the legislative calendar at LIS Meetings or our website for changes or updates. 

10/29/21


NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: CRIME COMMISSION RELEASES FINAL VIRGINIA PRE-TRIAL DATA PROJECT REPORT

 

The Crime Commission is announcing the release of its Virginia Pre-Trial Data Project Final Report. "Several years ago the Crime Commission made a commitment to improving the collection of data on Virginia's criminal justice system. Today, I am proud to announce the release of the most comprehensive collection of pre-trial data in the nation. The Crime Commission's final report on the Virginia Pre-Trial Data Project, along with its accompanying dataset, makes Virginia a nationwide leader in the collection and dissemination of pre-trial data. This report is just the beginning. Virginia will continue to lead the way by collecting and making pre-trial data publicly available annually in order to ensure a more fair and equitable criminal justice system in the Commonwealth." House of Delegates Majority Leader and Crime Commission Chair Charniele Herring.

The Virginia Pre-Trial Data Project (“Project”) was developed due to the significant lack of data readily available to answer many important questions related to the pre-trial process in Virginia. The Project represents an unprecedented, collaborative effort across all three branches of government to examine matters related to the pretrial process. The Project focused on the pre-trial period, which includes the various stages of a criminal case from the time a defendant is charged with an offense until the final disposition (trial and/or sentencing) of the matter. The Project involved collecting and merging data from numerous state and local government agencies into a singular dataset that resulted in a cohort of 22,986 adult defendants charged with a criminal offense during October 2017 (referred to as the “contact event”). These defendants were tracked during the pre-trial period until the final disposition of their contact event or December 31, 2018, whichever date occurred first. Up to 850 variables were captured for each of the defendants in the Project dataset, such as demographics, offense details, criminal history records, bond amounts, court appearance and public safety rates, assigned risk levels, and final dispositions. A statewide and locality descriptive analysis was conducted for the 11,487 defendants in the cohort who were charged with a criminal offense punishable by incarceration where the bail determination was made by a judicial officer.

"The Crime Commission's final report on the Virginia Pre-Trial Data Project provides the first overview of Virginia's pre-trial process. The findings in this report and future pre-trial data can be used to base decisions to improve the criminal justice system in Virginia." Crime Commission Vice-Chair Senator John Edwards.

The report and appendices are available at http://vscc.virginia.gov/virginiapretrialdataproject.asp

The Crime Commission has provided the complete Virginia Pre-Trial Project dataset to the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (VCSC) as required by law (HB 2110/SB 1391). The VCSC will make this statewide and locality-level data publicly available as an electronic dataset, excluding any personal and case identifying information, by October 1, 2021. The VCSC will also activate its Pre-Trial Data Project webpage (http://www.vcsc.virginia.gov/pretrialdataproject.html) on Friday, October 1, 2021. Once activated, this webpage will allow the public to filter and view information in the dataset at a statewide and locality-level based on numerous different variables selected by the user.

 9/30/2021


NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: CRIME COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2021 STUDIES and MEETING DATES

 

The following topics were approved by the Executive Committee of the Crime Commission for study this year:

    • Pre-Trial Data Project (final report to be released in the coming weeks);
    • Pretrial Diversion;
    • Cash Bail;
    • Parole; and,
    • Expungement/Sealing.

 

Crime Commission meetings have been scheduled for the following dates:

    • November 4th at 10:00 a.m.
    • November 15th at 10:00 a.m.
    • December 8th at 1:00 p.m.

 

We are currently monitoring conditions related to the pandemic and have not made a determination whether these meetings will be held virtually or in-person. A decision will be made as it gets closer to the meeting.

Items planned for presentation at the November 4th meeting will be related to pretrial: Pre-Trial Data Project, Cash Bail, and Pretrial Diversion.

Check the legislative calendar at LIS Meetings or our website for changes or updates. 

 9/16/2021