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R.I.H.D., INC
Thoughts of a prisoner:   "Someday the gates will
open, and once more I'll be free. Have I a future awaiting me?  Will I be accepted by others, or
forced to walk alone?”  --Luis Verduzco

 

Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged (RIHD, Inc.) is an all-volunteer, statewide

non-profit organization working with offenders

and their families to put an end to roadblocks

that persist for persons like Luis Verduzco. 

Our focused efforts are self-help and prison-

based programs proven to create  productive

citizens and fewer people returning to prison. 

 

R.I.H.D., Inc. host monthly support and advocacy meetings, on-going justice-related tour that provides awareness and on-site direct services, provide transportation service to faraway state prisons,  restoration of rights application/filing assistance and limited post-release services.

 

Our efforts extends to deter and prevent crime

and violence, through off-site support programs and events to/for youth at risk.

 

R.I.H.D. is a nonprofit Virginia corporation supported by charitable donations.  It is organized and operates under the provision of section 501©3 of the IRS code.  All U.S. donations $25 or more are tax deductible.





SUPPORT/ADVOCACY MEETING

 3rd Tuesday

 7pm to 9pm

TUESDAY MAY 13, 2014

"Strong Families Initiative"

Wesley Memorial U M C

Fellowship Hall

1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike

Richmond, VA 23223

(804) 426-4426
Email:  rihd23075@aol.com

 

**Restoration of rights assistance by appointment

 

   

M
obile Justice Tour

MASS INCARCERATION -vs- 
Successful Re-entry

What's working, what's not?  The MJT to focus on three key issues:  Sentencing reform to end mass incarceration in Virginia, civil rights restoration for citizens with felony conviction and removing questions about an applicant's criminal background from initial employment forms.

Thursday, March 13
6pm to 8pm

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

1201 Caroline Street

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401


Tuesday, March 18

7pm to 9pm

Wesley Memorial United Methodist

Fellowship Hall

1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike

Richmond, Virginia 23223


Wednesday, March 19

1pm SHARP

Amazing Grace Outreach Church

2012 Grace Street

Lynchburg, VA 24504


The Mobile Justice Tour is currently taking reservations/planning meeting for the months of August, September & October.  For a MJT meeting in your area call (804) 426.4426 or email:  rihd23075@aol.com


MJT Updates Register at:  

 http://nationinside.org/campaign/community-restoration-campaign/





BTB
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Ban-the-Box in Virginia

Deferring "felony" conviction questions on employment application until interview/job offer allowing for fairer employment application process.


"Ban the Box"

Local Municipalities Government

Richmond, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk

Petersburg, Portsmouth & Virginia Beach


"Ban-the-Box" not passed in your city, county or town?  Want to see it passed?  Consider co-hosting a Mobile Justice Tour (town hall) awareness and support meeting.  For additional information call:  804.426.4426 or

email:  rihd23075@aol.com



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CLICK BELOW

Reentry/Felony Assistance



In an effort to keep families together, RIHD provides reasonable rates, nonprofit events

Transportation to Virginia faraway prisons.



Pocahontas, Keen Mountain, Red Onion & Wallens Ridge

Limited Seats - First Come Basis
Click Here for Additional Information & Reservations



IMPORTANT VISITATION UPDATE

Effective January 2, 2014 ALL VDOC Facilities will require New Visitation Rules.  All applications and approvals will come from the Richmond, administration office.

Beginning December 1, 2013 you can go online below to re-apply

*According to VaDOC if you visited anytime after July 1, 2013, there is no need to online application now.  However, you will need to do so at a later date, therefore, RIHD suggest putting in a new application as well.  To verify approval call either/or both the prison facility and DOC Headquarters 804.674.3000.  This is the number for the Director, Transfers, Medical, prison facilities oversight.  Online application takes up to 30 days for approval, by mail applications can take up to 60 days or more.   Click on the below link.  http://vadoc.virginia.gov/offenders/visitation/default.shtm





 

 


"Without a vote, a voice, I am a ghost

inhabiting a citizen's space."

-- Joe Loya, disenfranchised former felon


ARE YOU ONE OF THE 450,000+DISENFRANCHISED VIRGINIANS SEEKING TO HAVE YOUR RIGHTS RESTORED

RESTORATION OF CIVIL & VOTING RIGHTS

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:




www.phonejustice.org

Lower the Cost of Prison Phones Rates

Support the  National Campaign



August 8, 2013

WE, YOU DID IT!

After more than a decade of your calls, letters, videos, songs, and actions finally paid off. Our call for justice has been answered.  


June 2, 2013

Virginia DOC Director Clark Support Letter to FCC

http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6017444394


  November 10, 2012
RIHD, Lillie (Ms. K) Testified in DC at the FCC

 http://www.mag-net.org/blog/mel-motel-%E2%80%9Cstrong-families-safe-communities%E2%80%9D-sends-clear-message-phone-justice

 



"Change for Good"
Support our work, volunteer.
Help keep us going, make a modest donation.
Additional information: 
Click Here





50th Anniversary MLK, Jr. March on Washington & NAACP-Richmond
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"Our Lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.





"Never forget thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" -- Margaret Mead
 


                                              RIHD 2014-2015 Legislative Advocacy



“Reducing Crime, Reducing Recidivism” - Here’s How?                                   

Pass "Fair & Commonsense Laws!"

 

1.  Non-discrimination Reinstate Parole Eligibility  

a)     Retroactive to all eligible persons sentenced/incarcerated on/after January 1, 1995

b)    With earned sentence credit allowance for participation/completion of literacy, education, therapeutic, vocational rehabilitation (new law)

 

c)     Fair and consistent parole board decisions to persons sentenced/incarcerated prior to abolished parole/before Jan. 1, 1995 (old law) Click on Here for 4/14/2014:role Board Appointments


2. Ban-the-Box (felony conviction) legislation deferring "felony" conviction questions on employment application until interview/job offer allowing for fairer employment application process.

a)     Virginia Local municipalities (city, county and town)

b)    Virginia state/state-wide law.


3. Restoration of Rights:  Current law “lifetime disenfranchisement” to persons with a felony record. 

a)     Governor “Executive Order” to restore current 400,000 Virginians civil rights and voting rights to persons with felony record.

b)    State Legislation “Constitutional Amendment” to automatically restore ongoing civil rights and voting rights to persons with a felony record.


4. Emergency, Temporary Reentry Voucher Assistance (newly released)

a)     Substantiated indigent, newly released Virginia state prisoners.

b)    Housing payment voucher to regulated prisoner reentry facilities (up to 9months)

c)     Food voucher to area supermarket and/or food pantries.


5. Increased funding/programs to/for year round juvenile/youth prevention programs.

a)     Cease and desist: juvenile population in adult facilities

b)    Increase funding and staff to all juvenile educational and therapeutic agencies, community centers and after-care programs.

c)     Increase prenatal & parental wellness and care/assistance to/for teen-aged parents.


To learn more attend one of our regular monthly meeting and/or when the Mobile Justice Tour visits your city, county or town.  Feel free to copy, print and share with others.  Have that conversation with your district state legislator today (April – September).


Who’s my legislator:  www.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ 

To volunteer:  email:  rihd23075@aol.com; telephone: 804.426.4426




J. P .I. REPORTS
 
Justice Policy Institute Report, November 2013

Virginia's Justice System

"Expensive, ineffective and unfair!"

http://www.justicepolicy.org/uploads/justicepolicy/documents/va_justice_system_expensive_ineffective_and_unfair_final.pdf


 Justice Policy Institute Report, April, 2014

"Billion Dollar Divide:  Virginia's Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice Challenge"

http://www.justicepolicy.org/research/7324