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 throughout
the 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 that
includes 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 workshops
and opportunities to connect with advocates and
activists led by RIHD’s Lillie Branch-Kennedy and
Richard Walker from Bridging the Gap in Virginia.
Bring a few families - All are Invited - 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
3081 Golansky Blvd, Woodbridge, VA 22192
6. Thursday, July 21 - Fredericksburg POSTPONED
Fredericksburg Public Library
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA
7. Tuesday, August 16 - Lynchburg
4pm to 8pm
2315 Memorial Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Additional Events forthcoming. Check Weekly.
FREE: Share and bring a few guests with you.
For more information contact: Lillie Branch-Kennedy at
"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?
SENTENCING REFORM - VA
5-YEARS JURY TRIALS/FISHBACK
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.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has the power to fix this
mistake by signing an executive order granting resentencing proceedings to the affected parties.
We’ve waited long enough. The time to act is now.
You must click on and complete all
three (3) below links.
UNFAIR SENTENCING GUIDELINE PROVISIONS
Defendants in Virginia are getting trapped by harsh sentencing and denied the right to a fair appeal.
Kevin Key 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 (1), 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 ---
(1) Not including cases from 1995-2006 & 2014- Current.