VADP needs your help with the 2018 General Assembly session

The Virginia General Assembly is in session and VADP is already deeply engaged in our public policy advocacy work.

VADP is collaborating with the Virginia Catholic Conference, the ACLU of Virginia, and National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia — with support from the American Bar Association -– to pass legislation that prohibits the execution of people with serious mental illness (HB 758 and SB 802).

Del. Jay Leftwich, Republican from Chesapeake, is the bill’s patron in the House of Delegates. The Senate sponsor is Sen. Barbara Favola, Democrat from Arlington. You can view the House bill here:

VADP will also support HB 100 — a bill introduced by Del. Marcus Simon (Democrat from Falls Church), the 2016 VADP Legislator of the Year — that would eliminate the secrecy provision shielding the identity of compounding pharmacies providing execution drugs to the Virginia Department of Corrections. You can view this legislation here:

Recently, outgoing Governor Terry McAuliffe commuted the death sentence of WIlliam Burns, a severely mentally ill man who had been on death row since 2000. Experts agreed that Mr. Burns would never be restored to competency and that his mandatory court appeals would never be heard.

VADP would not be effective without your belief in our mission and financial support. Now more than ever we need you to respond to our legislative Action Alerts in which you can help us with messaging to our elected officials.

With your help, VADP will convince our elected officials that capital punishment is a vestige of the bad old days in Virginia and deserves to be repealed. It is only a matter of time until we become the first southern state to repeal the death penalty.

We greatly appreciate your support and dedication to curbing the use of capital punishment in Virginia.