Former AGs Agree: The AG has a Duty to Make Sure the Virginia Parole Board Does Not Violate the Law


Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Five Former Attorneys General: The Attorney General has a Duty to Make Sure the Virginia Parole Board Does Not Violate the Law

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Today, five former Virginia Attorneys General have come together to make a joint statement calling out Mark Herring for not being truthful in the role his office had when the Virginia Parole Board violated the law.

“The Attorney General provides legal advice and representation to all state agencies, including the Virginia Parole Board. If an agency begins violating the law, it's up to the Attorney General and his lawyers to take action. Under Attorney General Herring, the Virginia Parole Board broke the law by not notifying victims of their offender’s release. An Attorney General cannot allow an agency to continually violate the law. The Attorney General has avenues to prevent legal violations, such as publicly calling upon the agency to follow the law and taking legal action against the agency and its appointees. But Attorney General Herring did nothing.”

The Attorneys General are as follows:

The Honorable James S. Gilmore, III (Attorney General of Virginia 1994 – 1997)

The Honorable Mark Earley, Sr. (Attorney General of Virginia 1998 - 2001)

The Honorable Jerry W. Kilgore (Attorney General of Virginia 2002 - 2005)

The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell (Attorney General of Virginia 2006-2009)

The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli (Attorney General of Virginia 2010 - 2014)