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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
know for it's 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 oridinary Virginia to understand and naigate the criminal justice
system and bring about necessary reforms..








RIHD YOUTH INITIATIVE
RIHD Youth Initiative is an honored recipient
of the 2011 City of Richmond Mayors “Lights
on After-school” and Richmond City Council ” Proclamations, working to empower youth
at-risk through academic and well-being initiatives.
 
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Home of the
Mobile Justice Tour

The Mobile Justice Tour founded and led
by RIHD.  The MJT brings criminal justice reform advocates to various locations around the state where workshops are held to inform and encourage
participants to work to reduce the level
of societal disenfranchisment of the formerly incarcerated and persons with
a record in Virginia.
All Events are FREE and PUBLIC.

Events normally held at local library
community centers, church, colleges, etc.

​For additional information
​Email Brenda at
​brendajrihd@gmail.com
​Or text MJT at (804) 426-4426
 
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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 
 


Lillie Branch-Kennedy, Cohort
"Cut the U.S. correctional  population in #halfby2030" --JLUSA

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2017- 2018 Sentencing Reform Campaign
Reducing Mass Incarceration by Correcting Sentencing Errors/Injustices
from the Past that Remain Uncorrected" --RIHD








1.  SIGN UP FOR DAILY DIGEST EMAILS:

2. TELL VIRGINIA LEGISLATORS TO PASS ALL BELOW BILLS IN 2018!
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-the-unfair-sentencing-trap-in-va

3. SUPPORT GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER - NEW SENTENCE (FISHBACK) NOW!



2017 Legislative Update:  
The below 2017 legislation were either "tabled" "left" or remedy not requiring a vote.  If you want to see the below tabled and left in
Committee REINTRODUCE during 2018 General Assembly, Take Action Above and Create Change Today!  BOTH Petition require 10,000 online signatures no later than August 31, 2017.   Please read, print and
share any/all information shared at RIHD website!


SB825 (2017) New Sentence (1995-2000 Jury Trials/Fishback)  
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=bil&val=SB825           
BILL SPONSOR:

 Senator Jennifer Wexton (D)
(804) 698-7533;

SB808 (2017) Sentencing guidelines;  Amendment: Provision  A.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=bil&val=SB808
.BILL SPONSOR:

Senator William Stanley (R)
(804) 698-7520; 

HB2087 (2017) Sentencing guidelines; Amendment:  Provision B. 
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=bil&val=HB2087
BILL SPONSOR:
Delegate Charniele L. Herring (D)
(804) 698-1046

HB1655 (2017) Sentencing guidelines; Amendment: Provision F 
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=171&typ=bil&val=hb1655
BILL SPONSOR:
 Delegate Joseph Lindsey (D)
(804) 698-1090 













 






"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
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