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          R.I.H.D., Inc.

  
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.
 



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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TRANSPORTATION SERVICE ​​
 Additional Information/Click On Photo 
 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 
 



MOBILE JUSTICE TOUR (MJT)



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THE “CIRCLE OF WE”​​

Working together to end mass incarceration by
improving the effectiveness and fairness of Virginia's

criminal justice system.

FREE - PUBLIC - BRING A FRIEND

  
May
Thursday, May 11
5pm To 7pm
​Pearl Bailey Library
Meeting Room
2510 Wickham Avenue
Newport News, Virginia 23607
  
  
June
Tuesday 27 - 5pm to 8pm
Fredericksburg Library
1201 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


July  
Thursday 20th - 6pm to 8pm
Gethsemane Community Fellowship
1317 E Brambleton Ave
Norfolk, VA 23504

Tuesday 25th - 5:30pm to 8pm
Sandston Public Library
23 East Williamsburg Road
Sandston, VA 23150
  

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RIHD 2018 General Assembly Agenda
 
Correcting sentencing errors/injustices from the
past that remain uncorrected



TAKE ACTION - CREATE CHANGE 

Call, email, send letter, and/or visit with the below legislators.  
Thank them for sponsoring 2017 bills.
Request that the legislator(s) Reintroduce Bill(s) in 2018.


SB808 (2017) Sentencing guidelines;
Amendment: Provision  A.
BILL SPONSOR:
Senator William Stanley (R)
(804) 698-7520; 
email: district20@senate.virginia.gov

HB2087 (2017) Sentencing guidelines;
Amendment:  Provision B. 
BILL SPONSOR:
Delegate Charniele L. Herring (D)
(804) 698-1046
email: DelCHerring@house.virginia.gov

HB1655 (2017) Sentencing guidelines;
Amendment: Provision F 
BILL SPONSOR:
 Delegate Joseph Lindsey (D)
(804) 698-1090 
email: DelJLindsey@house.virginia.gov



Next, Click On Below Petition Link, Sign and Share 
Signature Goal:  10,000 



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