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          R.I.H.D., Inc.

"Working together to end mass incarceration by
improving the effectiveness and fairness of Virginia's
criminal justice system."--RIHD
Resource, Information, Help for the Disadvantaged & Disenfranchised
(RIHD) was founded in 2002 by Lillie Branch-Kennedy, a retired
 US government career, in response to the
barriers she experienced while engaging the criminal
justice system on behalf of her son, a first-time offender,
sentenced to an egregiously long sentence.

RIHD was formed with other volunteers in similar situation,
to educate and empower Virginia families and communities
on the negative impact of a racially-disparate system to
mass incarceration and provide educational outreach to
reduce the level of societal disenfranchisement of people with
a criminal record.
An award-winning all-volunteer statewide organization
known for its low-cost transportation service to faraway VA rural prisons, sentencing reform campaign, restoration of civil
  & voting rights and ban-the-box for fair hiring initiatives that has
helped ordinary Virginia to understand and navigate the criminal justice
system and bring about necessary reforms.

"Lights on Afterschool"

Dwight Jones, Mayor, City of Richmond
Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council
Working to empower youth
at-risk through academic and well-being initiatives.
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"FAIRNESS is what JUSTICE really is."
--Potter Stewart, Supreme Court Justice​​​

SB 100 (2018) New sentencing hearing; (FISHBACK) 
Introduced by: Jennifer L. McClellan

HB 1314 Parole; exception to limitation on the
application of parole statutes. (FISHBACK)
Introduced by: Joseph C. Lindsey

HB 1312 Sentencing guidelines; appeals.
Introduced by: Joseph C. Lindsey

​       Online Petition & Support

Tell Virginia Not to Shred Family Photos


 "Keeping Families Connected"
Round trip to
Pocahontas, Keen Mountain,
Red Onion and Wallens Ridge

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