FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, June 14th, 2021
Statement from Jason Miyares on the Inspector General Investigation
Jason Miyares, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, issued the following statement:
If you want to know what one-party rule looks like, look no further than the sham of an “investigation” conducted by a law firm hand picked and paid for by Democrat Attorney General, Mark Herring. Only when the Inspector General made findings the Democrats didn’t like did they decide to hire a law firm to “investigate” and bring them pre-determined results calculated to fool the public and the press. Mark Herring should release the full unredacted and unedited report and timesheets of the “investigation”, so Virginians can see how their tax dollars were wasted.
Under the leadership of Ralph Northam/Mark Herring, the Parole Board unlawfully failed to notify and involve victims in their parole decisions. Numerous media outlets have reported the failures to include victims and their families as required by law. The Parole Board violated the law time and time again by deliberately refusing to notify victims.
The Parole Board became “drunk on power” and told staff to find criminals to release back into our streets. Who did they release?
They released a cop killer
They released a man who abducted and murdered a teenage girl
They released an individual who had 56 felony convictions, many of them violent crimes. These are just a few of the violent criminals released back into our streets, with the full blessing of Mark Herring, resulting in a Commonwealth that is less safe.
Yet, today, this law firm hired by Mark Herring, without input from the Republicans, attempts to downplay the arrogance and law breaking of the Virginia Parole Board. Virginia deserves better. To that end, I’ve proposed a “Protect Virginians Now” plan, which would allow the voters to pass a constitutional amendment ensuring violent offenders are never eligible for parole and that these violent offenders actually serve the time imposed by a jury. Virginians deserve safe streets. As Attorney General, my top priority will be the safety of all Virginians.
About Jason Miyares
Jason Miyares is the first Latino nominated by either political party for statewide office in Virginia history. If elected, he would be only the third minority, and first Latino, elected in the Commonwealth.
Jason Miyares was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and earned his law degree from William & Mary where he served on the Honor Council.
Following law school, Jason Miyares served as a prosecutor in Virginia Beach where he had a greater than 90% conviction rate.
Jason Miyares was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015 and has served on the Court of Justice committee during his time in the General Assembly. During this past legislative session Jason was a vocal opponent and led the fight against the death penalty repeal.
Jason Miyares gets his inspiration to serve from his mother, Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 as a teenager with nothing but the clothes on her back and no idea where her next meal would come from. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of the freedom and democracy of America. Above all, his mother’s story of losing everything she owned to the horrors of socialism taught Jason Miyares firsthand the truth of Ronald Reagan’s maxim that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction… it must be fought for, protected and handed on….”