False info regarding the “cost” of jury sentencing reform is jeopardizing the passage of SB5007 by @VAHouseDems. We’ve got the data that should put those costs arguments to rest for good. Ready? 1/3 @DelegateTorian @MarkSicklesVA @EFillerCorn @kmurphyva @JeionWard
Acc. to the Va. Crim. Sent. Comm’n, there were 24,648 guidelines sentencing events in 2019. Only 1.2% of those were from jury trials. That means a TOTAL of only 287 convictions resulted from jury trials all year. More than 24,000 were bench trials (8%) or guilty pleas (90%). 2/3
So, generously assuming that around 50% of jury trials result in acquittals, the total number of juries in the entire state is probably around 550 ALL YEAR. FOR THE ENTIRE STATE! About 5 per Commonwealth’s Att'ys Office

Facts, people! You can't ignore them! Pass SB5007 now! 3/3
(Should be noted that these are felony trials, but that’s also what’s at issue with jury sentencing reform, and where the increase in trials was alleged to come from).

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Justice Forward VA

Justice Forward VA Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @JusticeFwdVa

7 Sep
Justice reform allies! You may have heard the great news that @IbraheemSamirah has requested a re-vote on HB5013, @JeffMBourne's modest partial repeal of qualified immunity. What you may not have heard is that we still need one more vote! 1/6
@KayeKory, ordinarily an ally, abstained on Fri, but we're told she might reconsider. Also abstaining were @DelegateFowler & @CliffHayesJr. Dems voting against incl @DavidBulova, who famously marched in support of CJR recently, @shelly_simonds, @MarthaMugler & @SteveHeretick 2/6
Heretick stands out bc he reps Portsmouth, where the police are engaged in a pattern of vindictiveness vs. pub defenders & his own colleague @SenLouiseLucas. If any dept sees itself as above the law, it's the one on his own turf. Yet he opposed even a tad more accountability 3/6
Read 6 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!