In an opinion last month (pdf), Attorney General Ken Cucinelli concluded that weekend-only sentences are not available for those convicted of a felony. The opinion was requested by Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Bryant, by way of Sheriff (and former state senator) Ken Stolle. According to this article, the ruling affects 229 people statewide.
The judges in Virginia Beach, where 29 such felons are serving weekends-only sentences, issued an order staying the implementation of the law by 60 days. Eighteen of the 29 will have completed their sentences by that time, leaving 11 to serve their time the usual way: 24/7 lockup.
There seems to be an obvious answer to the problem here: why aren’t those affected eligible for a re-sentencing hearing? I know the dockets of the courts are full, but couldn’t they take one day and hear all 11 cases and re-sentence these folks? Wouldn’t that be a fair way of handling things?