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






 
2018 GENERAL ASSEMBLY LEGISLATION UPDATE 


"There is no accomplishment without action"

  REINTRODUCED LEGISLATION

HB 1314 (2018) Parole; exception to the limitation on
the application of parole statutes. (FISHBACK)
Introduced by: Joseph C. Lindsey

HB 1312 (2018)Sentencing guidelines Subsection F; appeals.
Introduced by: Joseph C. Lindsey






SIGN ONLINE PETITION LETTER TO YOUR
DISTRICT STATE LEGISLATORS

10,000 Online (Individual) Signatures







UPCOMING  CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM EVENTS
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COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT FORUM - DECEMBER 1







In preparation for the General Assembly, VICPP will host a Community Empowerment Forum to equip community members to advocate essential issues, including:

- criminal justice reform **
- new, quality, affordable health care coverage
- eviction reduction
- wage theft

Saturday, December 1,  2018
9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church 
Fellowship Hall
1720 Mechanicsville Tpke
Richmond, Virginia 23223

We hope you will join us for this important event.  Lunch will be provided.

**RIHD will present its 2019 General Assembly “Criminal Justice Reform” platform.







"Day for All People” ADVOCACY DAY - JANUARY 22

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:






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









REMINDER - ONLINE PETITION LETTER





 


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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