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Virginia Crime Commission Update

Updated: Aug 31, 2019

The Virginia Crime Commission is a criminal justice agency comprised of 13 bi-partisan legislative members and 3 citizen members. The purpose of the Commission is to study, report, and make recommendations on all areas of public safety and protection. The Commission conducts its efforts by researching the causes of crime and makes recommendations to reduce and prevent it, explore and recommend methods of rehabilitation of convicted criminals, study compensation of persons in law enforcement and related fields and study other related matters including the apprehension, trial and punishment of criminal offenders.


Two full days meetings were held on August 19th and 20th as directed during the July 19th Special Session. Day one of the Crime Commission meeting was centered on hearing from law enforcement and academic experts on gun violence and mass shooting incidents and obtaining a systematic review of Virginia data. The presenters included experts from:

  • The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

  • U.S. Secret Service

  • Virginia State Police

  • Virginia Department of Health

  • Virginia's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

  • National Center for Health Research

  • Rockefeller Institute of Government, Boston University

  • National Network for Safe Communities, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


What Happens Next?

The Virginia Crime Commission is staffed by a team of policy analysts and attorneys who serve the Commonwealth full-time. This team of criminal justice and public safety policy experts will undertake a review of the legislation introduced during the special session, the data gathered from the August 19th meeting as well as a deep-dive into the effectiveness of policy measures that have been implemented in other states. The legislation that was introduced in Florida after the Parkland incident is now before the U.S. Supreme Court so part of the staff review will be to ascertain any potential court challenges to the proposed legislation. As the U.S. Supreme Court may hear the Parkland challenge by the end of 2019, the deliberative approach taken by the Crime Commission will permit Virginia to watch the status of this case and address any issues prior to November 18th when the Special Session is scheduled to reconvene and in time for the 2020 General Assembly Session.


Public Comment Period Open Through September 30th

The Crime Commission is currently accepting written comments in regard to the legislation introduced during the 2019 Special Session. Please send written comments and any other relevant information or material via email to comments@vscc.virginia.gov or via postal mail to our office (address is below). Written comments will be shared with members of the Crime Commission. The deadline for submission of written comments is September 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

Mailing address:

Attn: Written Comments Virginia State Crime Commission 1111 East Broad Street, Ste. B036 Richmond, Virginia 23219


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