Feel free to print and share with prisoners and others.
Believe that You can Do Anything and You Will!
"Imagine yourself to be the type of
person you want to be, and then be
it. You may have to let go of some
bad habits and develop some more
positive ones, but don't give up --
for it is only in trying and persisting
that dreams come true."
It is believed that an estimated 71 percent of the prisoners released return to prison for the same/similar type of crime, organically incarcerated. This suggest that while incarcerated, the person didn't receive the necessary "tools" to empower productive and successful reentry.
After reading thousands of letters, speaking with many incarcerated persons throughout Virginia, RIHD learned that prisoner have the desire to succeed upon release; however, the opportunities for "earned" second chance is few to none. For the most part Virginia laws prohibit and/or limit returning citizens and persons with a felony record from housing, employment, and services.
Since the abolition of Virginia parole in 1995, stiffer and longer prison sentence has unfortunately become the norm; thus, lead to extensive reduction in funding for prisoner literacy, therapeutic and vocational programs. Through laws and actions, it appears the mentality of "why educate or rehabilitate" if they are serving longer sentences; let's wait until they get closer to their release date to begin providing the necessary/needed services; and even then they are minimum at best.
R.I.H.D., Inc. believes in "Day One" assessment for literacy, educational, therapeutic and vocational rehabilitation for all persons upon entering jail or prison! Why wait to provide those in most need the necessary"tools" to assist, uplift & empower change for the positive. The length of sentence should not be a factor; for rehabilitation isn't just because a person will be release or not, but to change the prisoner's perspective on life both while incarcerated and not! Are we not a Country, a State that believes in second chances? For the incarcerated whom, continue to request the necessary and needed "tools" of an "earn" second chance, why are they not receiving it?
It is equally important that we understand that it's not just the responsibility of state and federal government to provide the needed and necessary services (tools) to/for prisoners; it is equally the responsibility of the prisoner, their family and it's community to be proactive in this initiative. One such imitative is the RIHD "Self Help." In 2002, we began offering "self help" initiatives to incarcerated persons in Virginia that has grown to include incarcerated persons in other states as well as in federal facilities. Virginia prisons have seen a increase in prisoner educational & therapeutic rehabilitation, a decrease in violent prison offenses/receiving charges, largely due to groups like RIHD and others whom continue to encourage and advocate for "EARNED" second chance initiatives.
PRISONER "SELF HELP" INITIATIVES
1. "Sponsor a Prisoner Rehabilitation through Education" S.I.P.E. Fundraising for Free Dictionaries, GED prep Books, College Text Book Assistance. In-Kind and/or Monetary Donations $25 tax deductible to you.
College Program for the Incarcerated
Haning Hall 222
Athens, OH 45701
Online Brochure: http://www.outreach.ohio.edu/cpi
2. "Investing In Your Future" Self Help Guide
Re-entry Planning - Business - Investment
(i.e. employment application, resume, business applications, etc.)
3. Transportation Service to Faraway Virginia Prisons
(Keen Mountain, Pocahontas, Red Onion, Wallens Ridge)
Sponored by: Green Transportation Service (GTS)
4. "Va Prisoner Artistic Works" Annual Fundraiser
(Proceeds go directly to Prisoner Family for Child, Spousal Support from the Artist)
5. "Fair and Commonsense Criminal Justice Reform Legislative Advocacy
(Youth, Prisoners, Reentry, Victims & family)
6. Restoration of Former Felon Rights Campaign
(Civil/Voting Rights Restoration application assistance,
legislative advocacy and/or executive order)
For initiative brochure (s) & additional information
send a self-addressed 2-stamped envelope to:
RIHD Self Help - PO Box 55 - Highland Springs - Virginia 23075
"Change Comes from the People" Not the Politicians!!
Every 3rd Tuesday
Time: 7pm to 9pm (Spring/Summer)
6pm to 8pm (Fall/Winter)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Richmond, Virginia 23223
(I-64 Mechanicsville Turnpike West Exit)
Light refreshment served
Assist, Uplift & Empower Directory
Virginia State Employee Directory by Name and Agency
Virginia Department of Correction Agency Directory
Virginia Department of Corrections Visitation Forms
Tips for Providing Health Care to Inmates in Any Setting
Administrative letter for Inmate
Administrative Letter for Inmates.rtf
Great Reading For Prisoners
Print and send in several envelopes to prisoner:
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen.doc
"Up the Ridge" Documentary DVD
Wallen Ridge State Prison Virginia Prison System
RIHD Fundraiser: $10
Free with $25 Tax-deductible Donation
Click here to order
"Hip Hop from the Hill Top Radio" Call-In Show
Formerly known as: "Calls From Home" and "Holla to the Hood"
Do you have a love one, family member, friend, know someone incarcerated in
Virginia's faraway prisons?
KEEN MOUNTAIN- RED ONION- WALLENS RIDGE
Reach out over the radio Hot 88.7 waves to
to it's listening audience - Virginia Prisoners
Every Monday between 7pm - 9pm Call
A Brief Message - Inspired Poem - Words of Encouragement - Love - Hope - Song
Religious/Spiritual/Empowerment or Just to say "Hello" by Telephone over the Radio to person(s) incarcerated in faraway Virginia prisons.
(Remember prison staffers,area communities, prisoner families, children can hear what you air on the radio. Please be mindful, respectful and brief. Other families are waiting to get on.
Don't forget to share the number and schedule with others.
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and
those who are mistreated as if you yourselves
were suffering." Hebrews: 13:3
Be the Voice for Your Incarcerated Loved One
Share your concerns, ideas, suggestions with the Governor.
Prisoner Re-entry Initiative
Office of Public Safety
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 786-5351
Fax: (804) 371-6381
Words of Encouragement
"Though you are locked inside prison,
Prison does not have to be locked inside of You
You are More than Your Mistakes!
Live Life to it's Fullest within Your Means,
Make Your Health a Daily Priority
Physically - Mentally - Spiritually & Religious
For Your Health is Your Wealth"
-- Lillie (Ms. K)