Are cities breaking the law by allowing felons to serve weekend jail time?

Posted at 5:41 PM, Aug 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-02 17:47:36-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Some Virginia cities and counties may be breaking Virginia law by allowing some felons to serve jail time only on the weekend.

Many localities allow some offenders to serve non-consecutive sentences based on their work and family schedules. But in an opinion issued last week, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said that’s not legal.

According to a 1999 state law, a judge can only issue that sentence for people convicted of misdemeanors and traffic offenses, not felonies.

Currently, there are about 21,000 prisoners regionally that serve weekend sentences. It’s unclear what this decision could mean for them.