The Virginia General Assembly, during a Special Session in 1971, directed the Virginia Code Commission to revise Title 18.1, Crimes and Offenses Generally, of the Code of Virginia. Senate Bill No. 562 was adopted in essentially the same form as the Code Commission's revisions, however, due to the lack of time, the bill was carried over until the next session. This article will analyze several areas contained in Senate Bill No. 56: Designation of Punishment and Capital Punishment.

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