Criminal Justice Reform

Preventative Reform

As Delegate, Shelly is committed to promoting preventative criminal justice reforms so that fewer people end up in prison and more people get the help they need to stay out. During the 2020 Session, she was patron and co-patron for bills to rewrite school discipline law and mandatory reporting of misdemeanors to law enforcement so that school children don’t get caught up in the criminal justice system. She’ll continue to work to reform mandatory minimum sentencing in Virginia to allow sentence modification for juveniles, and she fights to increase funding for mental health and addiction services so that our prisons don’t serve as makeshift treatment centers.

Strong Community Policing

Shelly is a strong believer in community policing and knows the General Assembly can do more to encourage strong bonds between the men and women that wear blue and the communities they serve. Shelly advocates to increase funds to help officers respond to mental health issues and undergo de-escalation and cultural sensitivity training in order to encourage truly community-oriented policing.