The Virginia Senate has approved several bills that send a message that the state is getting tougher on crime. Those include legislation to give repeat drug dealers much more time in prison and to increase penalties for exploiting elderly or incapacitated adults. Most of the criminal justice bills that moved forward Friday did so with little debate. But a bill to get tougher on juvenile sex offenders did cause a stir before senators adjourned for the weekend.
Under Senator Bill Stanley’s legislation, any juvenile over the age of 13 who’s convicted of a sex crime must be placed on the sex offender registry.
The measure passed by a wide margin and now heads to the House of Delegates.