The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports restoring the presumption of innocence to our criminal justice system. We must end the practice of holding people in jail who have not been convicted of a crime and are not a demonstrable risk to public safety. Scrutiny of pretrial practices in Virginia is long overdue; though little public information exists about statewide pretrial outcomes, what we already know is deeply troubling. We believe that pretrial justice starts with transparency. 

HB 2121 Bail; data collection and reporting standards; report (Foy)

SB 1687 Bail; data collection and reporting standards; report (McClellan)

Advocacy Resources

Pretrial Justice Facts Sheet

Pretrial Justice Talking Points


Jennifer Carroll Foy, Jennifer McClellan


2019 General Assembly

Bill number

HB 2121, SB 1687


Strongly Support