Self Help Initiative
 
Great Reading For Prisoners
(Print and send in several envelopes to prisoner)
As A Man Thinketh by James Allen.doc
 
Great Reading Resource for Everyone
1.  Virginia Justice System: Expensive Report by Justice Policy Institute:

va_justice_system_expensive_ineffective_and_unfair_final.pdf

 
2.  Profits from Incarceration: 
http://www.defendingjustice.org/pdfs/chapters/incarceration.pdf
 
3.  Earned Sentence Credit State by State:
Earned_time_report_ NCSL.pdf
 
4.  Colorblind Justice System
Prison Racism and the Myth of a Colorblind Justice System.doc

 
5.  Sentencing Project Disparity
http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/rd_reducingracialdisparity.pdf
 
6.  Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection
http://eji.org/eji/files/Race%20and%20Jury%20Selection%20Report.pdf
 
7.  Is There a Better Way to Spend Anti-Crime
http://thecrimereport.org/2010/04/12/is-there-a-better-way-to-spend-anti-crime/#more-39819
 
8.  2010 Sentencing Project State Recidivism
http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_StateRecidivismStudies2010.pdudies

 
Words to Encourage by Ms. K
"Though you are locked inside prison, Prison does not have to be locked inside of You.  You are More than Your Mistakes!  Live Life to it’s Fullest within Your Means,  Make Your Health a Daily Priority.  Physically – Mentally – Spiritually & Religious For Your Health is Your Wealth”  
— Lillie (Ms. K)
http://elections.virginia.gov/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. “Sponsor a Prisoner Rehabilitation through Education” S.I.P.E. Fundraising for Free Dictionaries, GED prep Books, College Text Book Assistance. In-Kind and/or Monetary Donations $25 tax deductible to you.
College Program for the Incarcerated
Haning Hall 222 – Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
(800) 444-2910   Call: (800) 444-2910]
Email Online Brochure:
http://www.outreach.ohio.edu/cpi
 
2. “Investing In Your Future” Self Help Guide
Re-entry Planning – Business – Investment: 
(i.e. employment application, resume, business applications, etc.)
 
3. Transportation Service to Faraway Virginia Prisons
(Keen Mountain, Pocahontas, Red Onion, Wallens Ridge)
 
4. “Va Prisoner Artistic Works” Annual Fundraiser
(Proceeds go directly to Prisoner Family for Child, Spousal Support from the Artist)

5. “Fair and Commonsense Criminal Justice Reform Legislative Advocacy
     a. Increased funding for year round after-care youth programs.
     b. Sentencing Reforms: To correct and/or amend sentencing injustices that remain uncorrected. Correcting the injustice of five years of unfair jury trials system.
     c . Use of Discretionary Sentencing Guidelines
     d. To eliminate disparities and achieve consistency and fairness within the Virginia criminal justice.  Download RIHD Legislative Initiative:  RIHD Position: Sentence/Parole
    e. “Ban the Box” Removing the question about an individual’s criminal history from the initial employment application continues: Since the first Mobile Justice Tour, 14 Virginia municipalities have passed fair-chance hiring regulations for persons with a record. We congratulate them all, however, there’s many more Virginia municipalities/local government areas to visit. The MJT team will continue to advocate throughout Virginia for local level governments and business to “Ban-the-box” and reduce barriers that prevent our community members from finding work. 
    f. Restoration of Rights: With over 300,000 disenfranchised Virginians with felony conviction, there are two ways to get their rights back, depending on whether one’s conviction is classified as “nonviolent” or “violent.” MJT partner Bridging the Gap in Virginia will continue his “campaign to restore “100,000” individual’s rights prior to the end of the current Governor’s administration (a non-partisan initiative). Bridging the Gap will explain, answer questions, provide updates, process forms as well as discuss recommendations for further streamlining these policies (e.g. Constitutional Amendment) 
 
For additional information regarding any/all Prisoner Self-Help Initiatives send self addressed 2-stamped envelope to: 
RIHD Self-Help – PO Box 55 – Highland Springs – VA 23075

RIHD Assist, Uplift and Empower Directory

1.  Virginia State Employee Directory by Name and Agency:  http://www.employeedirectory.virginia.gov/Default.aspx
2.  Virginia Department of Correction Agency Directory:  http://www.agencydirectory.virginia.gov/T_Pbresult.cfm
3.  Virginia Department of Corrections Visitation Forms:  http://www.vadoc.state.va.us/forms/
4.  Tips for Providing Health Care to Inmates in Any Setting:  http://lockupdoc.com/2010/01/seven-tips-for-providing-health-care-to-inmates-in-any-setting/\
 

Legislative Contacts
1.  Va General Assembly: http://legis.virginia.gov/
2.  Who’s my State Legislator:   http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform
3.  How to track Va Legislation: http://legis.state.va.us/1_cit_guide/how_track.html
4.  How Bills Become Law:  http://legis.state.va.us/1_cit_guide/how_bills.html
5.  Tips for Testifying:  http://legis.state.va.us/1_cit_guide/tips_testify.html
6.  Governor:  www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm
 

JPay Send Money, Email, and Music
https://www.jpay.com/home.aspx

 
Dear RIHD Members and Friends,
This information was shared from Virginia Department of Corrections web-site. The new policy went into effect: June 1, 2013.  Money orders sent directly to any facilities will be returned by the prison. There are several ways to send money through JPay to offenders in Virginia. JPay offers next-day deposits online, over the phone, and at MoneyGram locations.
Payment Methods:
Online:  The fastest way to send money to an offender is by using a credit or debit card to complete an online payment.
Phone:  Payments can be made over the phone at any time by calling 800-574-5729

Mobile App:  To send money directly from a mobile device, users can download the JPay mobile app (Android, Apple iOS).
Walk-in Cash:  Cash deposits can be made at any MoneyGram agent location (including Walmart and CVS/pharmacy). View the list of nearby MoneyGram locations.
Money Orders (effective June 1, 2013) All money orders must be sent with a deposit slip to the following address:
JPay – P.O. Box 278170 = Miramar, FL 33027
Money orders sent to the VADOC or individual facility will eventually be rejected. All funds will be available to the offender within three business days of being received at the lockbox.
Money order deposit slips can be downloaded from on the JPay website.
 
Deposit Fees:  These are the fees charged based upon the deposit amount per the deposit type.
Note:  If an incarcerated friend or family member owes fines, costs, or restitution, a percentage of any money deposited (regardless of whether or not the electronic option is used) may go to paying the offender™s debt(s) in accordance with VADOC policy. http://vadoc.virginia.gov/offenders/accounts/jpay.shtm