US state Virginia’s parole board has said that it will be reinterpreting the “three-strikes law” henceforth, which could potentially result in hundreds of inmates getting free.
According to a report in the Virginian-Pilot the earlier version of the law was the primary reason for offenders to remain in prison for several decades. Many of them had been convicted in crimes like robberies that had not involved anyone getting injured.
The chairwoman of the parole board Adrianne Bennett, stated the state will be classifying an inmate as “a three striker” only if they committed the crimes in between their stints within prison.
Under this version, inmates whose crimes were committed during the same time period, and those who have never been imprisoned before will be freed.
The change was introduced after the newspaper’s investigation into the “three-strikes law” that was operational between 1982 and 1995.