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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.
 



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Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council
 
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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 fougth before" --Unknown   
2018 GENERAL ASSEMBLY LEGISLATION UPDATE 

JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT (SENTENCING) COMES TO VA
it pleases RIHD to announce the passing and approval by Virginia Governor Northam (2018-03-30) for the Acts of Assembly;  2018 Legislation HB1055 Discretionary Sentencing guidelines; judicial performance evaluation program, report -  JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT (SENTENCING)

DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS
Virginia-2018-HB1055-Chaptered.html   
Legiscan/HB1055/2018
V A Judicial Departure Report

Patron:  Delegate  Charniele H. Herring (D)
City of Alexandria (part) 46th District
An Act to amend and reenact §17.1-100 of the Code of Virginia, relating to discretionary sentencing guidelines; judicial performance evaluation program.   Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That §17.1-100 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:  §17.1-100. Judicial performance evaluation program.
A. The Supreme Court, by rule, shall establish and maintain a judicial performance evaluation program that will provide a self-improvement mechanism for judges and a source of information for the reelection process. By December 1 of each year, the Supreme Court, or its designee, shall transmit a report of the evaluation in the final year of the term of each justice and judge whose term expires during the next session of the General Assembly to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Committees for Courts of Justice. 


Show appreciation by sending email,  card, letter of support to:
Delegate Charniele L. Herring
D - City of Alexandria (part)
46th District
PO Box 11779
Alexandria,  VA 22312 
Phone:  (703) 606-9705
Email Address: [email protected]


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FISHBACK:
New sentencing hearing; abolition of parole.  (421 Virginia prisoners)

SENTENCING GUIDELINE DISPARITY:
Amendment Provision F, Review/Appeal (3,000 to 15,000 incarcerated
in Virginia)

The above two (2) Sentence errors/injustices  of the past that remains uncorrected  affect ALL (combined) incarcerated persons sentenced/incarcerated on/after January 1, 1995 (aka "Truth in sentence", New Law, No Parole system)




DEADLINE:  AUGUST 31, 2018
10,000 Online (Individual) Signatures Petition
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-the-unfair-sentencing-trap-in-va


A TAKE ACTION COMMITTMENT from EVERY Incarcerated person  in Virginia family/friend/loved one/concerned resident
to RIHD "Online Letter Petition" calling upon  your district state representatives to correct systemic and systematic SENTENCE errors/injustices by the Virginia Legislature since  January 1, 1995 (Parole Abolished).   


FAILED LEGISLATION TO BE  REINTRODUCED IN 2019
Sentencing Reform bills RIHD supported SB100, HB1312 and HB1314 DIDNOT Pass out of their Committees.  RIHD is working to acquire patron/sponsors for the three (3) bills during the 2019 General Assembly.
Let your district state legislators know NOW through the 10,000 online petition letter!  

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

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

HB 1312 (2018)Sentencing guidelines; appeals.
  







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





 


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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