During her 9 years as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Henrico County, Shannon has implemented and continues to advocate for criminal justice reform.
Cash Bail Reform
Thanks to Shannon’s leadership, prosecutors in her office no longer request cash bail for defendants. Shannon eliminated this archaic system, which kept too many people behind bars because of an inability to pay a fee. The system was discriminatory and so Shannon took action.
Rights Restoration, Banning the Box, and Record Expungement
Shannon supported the General Assembly Democratic Majority’s legislation that would make it easier for people to have their rights restored, ban the box about criminal history on job applications, and have certain convictions expunged from records.
Too many people with convictions who have subsequently led productive and constructive lives are held back from being full participating members of society. Shannon will continue working to make these changes a reality.
Those struggling with addiction should have the support and help that they need. As Commonwealth’s Attorney, through established relationships with outside community organizations, recovery programs and homes, Shannon emphasizes treatment and not jail and tackles opioid abuse for what it is – an addiction, not a crime.
Prosecuting Hate Crimes
Shannon will not back down from confronting those that stir fear and division and promote discrimination and hate. She commits to prosecuting individuals committing hate crimes to the fullest extent of the law. Whether the crime targets race, gender, religion, country of origin, or sexual orientation, Shannon works to deliver justice and keeps all community members safe from discrimination and violence.
Champion Gun Safety Reform
Shannon prioritizes getting illegal firearms off our streets and is a fierce advocate for common-sense reforms. Shannon speaks up in support of federal and state legislation such as universal background checks for all firearm purchases, and funding proper CDC research on gun violence.
Shannon worked with the new Democratic Majority in Virginia to pass legislation known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders, which helps keep our communities safe.
Shannon has not been a behind the desk Commonwealth’s Attorney. She is active and engaged throughout all communities. Shannon has pioneered bullying and social media programs in her visits with schools.
Mental Health and Addiction Services
Shannon has been recognized as a leader in advocating for increased mental health services and treatment in Virginia. She believes in getting offenders the help that they need, and not just sentencing them to a life behind bars with no relief.
School to Prison Pipeline
Shannon works everyday to dismantle the school to prison pipeline to ensure our youth have opportunities and not criminal records. Youthful mistakes and misjudgments should not lead to jail or continued interactions with the criminal justice system.
As Commonwealth’s Attorney, Shannon believes it is important for the public to have knowledge and information about her office and will continue this practice. Shannon is an open, honest, and up-front leader.