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5TH Mobile Justice Tour


Voter Registration &
Correcting General Assembly mistakes keeping our communities locked up.


Join R.I.H.D. & Bridging the Gap in VA as we kick off the 5th annual Mobile Justice Tour. We’ll travel throughoutthe state to educate and empower communities impacted
by prison and high levels of incarceration. 
We all want safer communities, reduce
crime, anti-gangs and for those returning back into our community, successful reentry (job, housing and health care), however,
in order for this to happen, our lawmakers must not only be smart on crime, but fair
and responsible.  Mistakes made must be corrected.
 
We’ll talk about and take onsite direct action in support of 
remedies to mistakes, misapplied and 
systemic thatincludes Fishback, Sentencing Guidelines, Parole Board
decisions, Geriatric and 3-Strike Release 
by our elected officials and at the General Assembly that keep our communities
locked up.
 
We’ll also register many of the 200,000+ individuals whose civil rights, including
the right to vote was recently restored
by Gov. McAuliffe.
 
Join us for a provocative day of speeches
and workshopsand opportunities to connect with advocates andactivists led by RIHD’s
Lillie Branch-Kennedy and
Richard Walker from Bridging
the Gap in Virginia.
 
Free Events
To find an Event near you click  on below:



1.  Tuesday, June 7 - Richmond
The East End Library, 1200 North 25th Street, Richmond, VA 23223

2.  Wednesday, June 15 - Hampton

Hampton Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd
Hampton VA 23664

3.  Thursday, June 23 - Norfolk
Gethsemane Baptist Church
1317 East Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, VA 23504

4.  Tuesday, June 28 - Petersburg
Petersburg Main Library
201 West Washington Street, Petersburg, VA 23803

5.  Tuesday, July 12 - Woodbridge

Babylon Resturant
3081 Golansky Blvd, Woodbridge, VA  22192

6. Thursday, July 21 - Fredericksburg POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED


7.  Tuesday, August 16 - Lynchburg
4pm to 8pm

Lynchburg/MLK Library
2315 Memorial Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501




For more information contact: Lillie Branch-Kennedy at
(804)426-4426
Email: rihd23075@aol.com 
website:  www.rihd.org








"Thoughts of a prisoner:  Someday the
gates will open, and once more I’ll be free. Have I a future awaitingme? 
Will  I be accepted by others, or forced
to walk alone? 
–Luis Verduzco 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RIHD YOUTH INITIATIVE
RIHD Youth Initiative is an honored recipient
of the 2011 City of Richmond Mayors “Lights
on After-school” and Richmond City Council ” Proclamations, working to empower youth
at-risk through academic and well-being initiatives.
 
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RIHD Sentencing Reform Campaign







 
 
 
Prisoners incarcerated/sentenced on/after January 1, 1995 under when parole was abolished for “Truth-in-sentencing.”
 
   Defendants in Virginia are getting trapped by harsh sentencing and denied the right to a fair appeal. Kevin Key (e.g.) was a first time offender convicted of a nonviolent drug offense. Sentencing guidelines presented by probation and parole officials recommended no more than 2 years and 2 days of incarceration.  Instead, he was sentenced to 31 years. Because Virginia abolished parole, he won’t get out until 2027. His family lives in California and can’t afford to visit him because they have drained their bank accounts for legal expenses.
Kevin Key’s case is not unique. In more than 3000** cases between 2007 and 2013**, judges provided no written reason for exceeding sentencing guidelines -- even though they are required to do so by law (Va. Code § 19.2-298.01). What’s worse, Virginia law does not allow this to form the basis of post-conviction relief or be reviewable on appeal.
The Virginia legislature has the power to change this. We need you to tell your legislators to amend the Virginia Code to address this injustice.
**Not including cases from 1995-2006 and from 2014 – Current
RIHD estimates 9,000 plus current Virginia prisoners affected.
 
 
  Jury deliberations are weighty and complex, making it vital participants be able to factor in all the relevant information. Yet, for five years, juries in Virginia imposed heavy-handed sentences without knowing the state had decided to abolish its parole system.
In cases where juries inquired as to whether a defendant might one day be eligible for parole --- judges replied that, because of a legal restrictions, they weren’t allowed to answer.
Looking back, jurors who served during this period (1995 to 2000) have said they would have imposed shorter, fairer sentences, had they known parole release wasn’t being offered to prisoners, anymore.
The Virginia legislature has the power to fix this mistake by granting resentencing proceedings to the affected parties. We’ve waited long enough. The time to act is now.
RIHD estimate 500 current Virginia prisoners remain affected.
 






Take Action Today. The goal is 10,000 online individual signatures.  Every Virginia prisoner family and friends commit to 25 online signatures on their behalf. Emails are required for legislative response/feel free to use the same email.
 
 
You must support by signing both the
Governor Executive Order and the Legislative.