“I’ll make sure I’ll be able to deliver and close every bridge I can to help fix the system, because I was affected by that,” Mill said before Northam signed the legislation.
Northam said during Thursday’s bill signing that he’s focusing on the changes because the criminal justice system has been inequitable for far too long.
“Too many crimes bring lengthy sentences that outweigh the severity of the offense, and that has resulted in far too many people, particularly too many people of color, in our prisons and jails,” he said.
“While none of these policies will end the problems of mass incarceration on their own, every step forward matters,” the governor added. “And the step we’re celebrating today is indeed a very important one.”