RD639 - Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission 2019 Annual Report – December 1, 2019

Executive Summary:

The Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission is required by § 17.1-803 of the Code of Virginia to report annually to the General Assembly, the Governor, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. To fulfill its statutory obligation, the Commission respectfully submits this report.

The report is organized into four chapters. The remainder of the Introduction chapter provides a general profile of the Commission and an overview of its various activities and projects. The Guidelines Concurrence chapter that follows contains a comprehensive analysis of concurrence with the sentencing guidelines during fiscal year (FY) 2019. The third chapter describes a special study recently conducted by the Commission on the sentencing guidelines for burglary offenses. In the report’s final chapter, the Commission presents its recommendations for revisions to the felony sentencing guidelines system.