New Va. Law Lets Victims Visit Condemned Inmates
Some victims of violent crime feel the need to meet with their attackers, even if they’re on death row.
, victims were forbidden to do so, until now.
The previous bill, approved by the General Assembly last month, allowed victims to meet with offenders, but not those on death row or juveniles.
Juveniles are still off limits.
The bill takes effect July 1.
Supporters of victims’ rights said they lobbied for the change because the Virginia Department of Corrections
routinely refuses to let victims sit down with their attackers, which is allowed in most other states.
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