Gov. Bob McDonnell says one of his public safety priorities in the 2012 General Assembly is cracking down on repeat drug dealers.
McDonnell unveiled his public safety legislative agenda at a news conference Thursday. One of the bills he emphasized would impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for a second drug-dealing conviction. Third and subsequent convictions would trigger a minimum 10-year term.
McDonnell said drugs are responsible for 60 percent to 70 percent of all crimes, and dealers currently aren't being punished enough. The Republican governor said he's included about $11 million in the state budget to pay for keeping drug dealers in prison longer.
Other items on his agenda include tougher penalties for violent sex offenders, juvenile gang members and drunk drivers who kill someone.