Governor Northam Appoints Lethia Hammond to Virginia Parole Board and Announces New Clemency Initiatives
Redesigned website and petition portal will streamline clemency process
RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam announced the appointment of Lethia Hammond as Vice-Chair of the Virginia Parole Board and unveiled several new initiatives to streamline the clemency process, including a redesigned pardons website and petition portal.
“Lethia Hammond’s vast experience in the criminal justice system will strengthen the Virginia Parole Board and its important work,” said Governor Northam. “Building a stronger, fairer, and more inclusive Commonwealth means giving Virginians who have paid their debt to society and a second chance. Together with the appointment of Lethia Hammond, these concrete steps will bolster our efforts to create a more equitable and accessible clemency process and drastically reduce the backlog of pardon requests.”
Ms. Hammond comes from a long career in public service and prior to her appointment served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Botetourt County where she handled all phases of trial in General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Court proceedings. She was the designated Juvenile and Domestic Relations prosecutor, and frequently served as a special prosecutor in jurisdictions across the Commonwealth.