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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 a family member
sentenced to an egregiously long sentence.

RIHD was formed with other volunteers in a 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 (Fishback & Sentencing Guideline Disparity Reform), 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.
 



RIHD YOUTH​​
2011 PROCLAMATION
"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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RIHD Legislative Agenda 

"When you believe in something, fight for it. When you see Injustice, fight harder than you ever fought before" --Unknown.


REINSTATE PAROLE STUDY: FAILED
HJ 644 Study; JLARC;  Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to study the reinstatement of discretionary parole, that was abolished in 1995.


FISHBACK/JURY TRIALS PAROLE:  ALL FAILED
HB 1689 Parole; exception to the limitation on the application of parole statutes.


SB 1437 Parole; exception to the limitation on the application of parole statutes;
investigations and reports
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=Sb1437
(WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30, 2019)

JUVENILES PAROLE:  ALL FAILED
SB 1081 Juvenile offenders; sentencing, geriatric parole.
h ttp://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+sum+SB1081

SB 1053 Juvenile offenders; eligibility for parole.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+sum+SB1053

HB1745. Juvenile offenders; eligibility for parole.


SOLITARY CONFINEMENT REFORM:

HB 1642 Solitary confinement; data collection and reporting, Department of Corrections to submit the report.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=Hb1642
(JAN 25, 2019 PASSED IN HOUSE)

SB 1140 Solitary confinement; data collection and reporting, Department of Corrections to submit the report.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=Sb1140








CLICK ON HERE FOR 2020 GENERAL ASSEMBLY & ONLINE PETITION CAMPAIGN


CITIZEN HELP PAGE:

VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


SIGN ONLINE PETITION LETTER TO YOUR
DISTRICT STATE LEGISLATORS

10,000 Online (Individual) Signatures



" Day for All People” ADVOCACY DAY 

RIHD Criminal Justice Reform will join The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP)  - “Day for All People.”
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
lobby day at the General Assembly, Richmond, Virginia.


The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) advocates economic and social justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer, and action.
- criminal justice reform **
- new, quality, affordable health care coverage
- eviction reduction
- wage theft 

A day to visit your district state legislators:










 
REFORM PRISONER MAIL POLICY PETITION
Tell Virginia VaDOC Not to Shred Family Photos



REMINDER - ONLINE PETITION LETTER
SIGN ONLINE PETITION LETTER TO YOUR
DISTRICT STATE LEGISLATORS
10,000 Online (Individual) Signatures
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-the-unfair-sentencing-trap-in-va








 


TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
"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