On July 1, 1981, a new statutory scheme for the administration of parole release became effective in Virginia. Although these new statutes which deal with the system of awarding credits for good conduct are not novel, only two other states, Arkansas and Texas, are reported to have implemented such a scheme. The following article addresses, in a general sense, the parole eligibility and release process in Virginia. This may provide some guidance for practicing attorneys and aid them in representing their clients' interests before the Virginia Parole Board. Additionally, the article reviews the newly introduced good conduct allowance system and offers a comparative analysis with the prior system for good-time computations. Finally, the article discusses whether the actual projections for discretionary parole release under the new system show that it promotes the policies which the General Assembly sought to achieve.
Edward D. Barnes & Guy A. Sibilla,
Figuring Good-Time -- The Postconviction Process,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
Available at: http://scholarship.richmond.edu/lawreview/vol16/iss3/2