February 8, 2018 News & Press Releases

DPVA Chairwoman Praises Governor Northam On Reaching Deal To Raise Larceny Threshold

by DPVA Press Office

DPVA Chairwoman praises Governor Northam on reaching deal to raise larceny felony threshold

Richmond, Va. — Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement praising Governor Ralph Northam for reaching a deal to raise Virginia's larceny felony threshold. The deal between Governor Northam and Speaker Kirk Cox will more than double the felony threshold for larceny from $200 to $500.

“Today, Governor Northam kept his promise to Virginians to fight for common-sense criminal justice reform by reaching a historic deal to more than double Virginia's lowest-in-the-nation felony threshold. Criminal theft is wrong, and offenders deserve proper punishment. But no Virginian's life should be ruined because he or she stole a pair of tennis shoes or an iPhone. Through today's reforms, Governor Northam has made Virginia a stronger, fairer, and more progressive Commonwealth. I also commend Governor McAuliffe as well as Democratic elected officials and activists who have put in years of work that helped make this afternoon's agreement possible. ”