In contrast, the legislators who opposed the bill focused on not
wanting to give judges the power to order restorative justice
pre-conviction. It seemed the bill would have passed had it limited the
use of restorative justice processes to the post-conviction stage.
Supporters of the bill were not prepared to make that compromise because
they felt it would run contrary both to the needs of those impacted by
crime and current research recommendations. I would also be concerned
that such a limitation written into the law could have jeopardized
existing restorative justice practices in Virginia.
Virginia has an active restorative justice community and the fact
that the bill did not pass is not expected to have a negative impact on
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