Welcome to
          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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​​2018 MOBILE JUSTICE TOUR 
THE “CIRCLE OF WE”​​
Justice-related awareness events.  
Free to the public.
Working together to end mass incarceration by
improving the effectiveness and fairness of Virginia's criminal justice system.










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2019 SENTENCING REFORM IN VIRGINIA

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


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 2019




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Correct Sentencing Error of the Past the Remain Uncorrected!  Signature Goal:  10,000 




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Tell Virginia Not to Shred Family Photos









TRANSPORTATION SERVICE ​​
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 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