NEWS TO END THE TREND OF
MASS INCARCERATION "DECARCERATION"

Order for the Restoration of Rights
Governor McAuliffe’s April 22 order restores the rights to all individuals who, as of April 22, 2016, have completed the terms of incarceration and have completed any period of supervised release (probation or parole) for any and all felony convictions. 
Going forward, the Governor will issue monthly orders restoring rights to persons who have completed the terms of their incarceration and any periods of supervised release since April 22, 2016.
https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/judicial-system/restoration-of-rights/
http://elections.virginia.gov/
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015
7pm Sharp
 
FELLOWSHIP HALL
WESLEY MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
1720 MECHANICSVILLE TURNPIKE
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23223
 
Additional information contact:
Carroll Abdul–Malik, (804) 218-3809
Lillie Branch-Kennedy, (804) 426-4426
Email: rihd23075@aol.com Website: www.rihd.org
 
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Virginia Parole Commission Hearings

June 24th 2015:  Governor Terry McAuliffe, signs Executive 44 appoints a 27-member commission to review “Virginia’s approach to parole and recommending any policy changes.
Parole Commission Scheduled Meeting(s):  5th and FINAL meeting scheduled for Wednesday November 18, 2015, from 1-4 p.m. in House Room 3, Virginia State Capitol.  2-minute public comment allowed, so write/text a short comment,respectfully and bring 3 hard copies for co-chairs. www.virginiacapitol.gov 
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THE HIDDEN COSTS OF MASS INCARCERATION ON FAMILY AND FORMERLY INCARCERATED:  DEBT AND COLLATERAL COSTS PUSH FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES  DEEPER INTO POVERTY


 According to a new report from a coalition of California-based organizations, the hidden costs of incarceration bear a brutal and disproportionate impact on women and families for generations.
Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families represents a year-long collaborative research project with 23 community-based organizations (RIHD) from 13 states (Virginia). Researchers interviewed nearly 1,500 formerly incarcerated people, their family members, and employers on the impacts of incarceration. Nine percent of those surveyed (4th largest state data) were from Virginia.  

For additional information:  http://strongfamiliesmovement.org/resourcescustomers.
 
State and Local Laws and Executive Orders affecting Virginians
 
I. Executive Order 41 state level fair chance hiring for people with a record  “Ban-the-box”
II. Court cost and fees Removed from Restoration of Rights process.
III. Executive Order 44 The Commission on Parole Review
 
National Laws and Executive Orders Affecting Virginians
 
I.  November 15, 2012
Calling for Fair Prison Phone Rates
Phone Calls from Prison to Families at Home Can Cost up to 24 Times a Normal Call
 
Washington, DC – More than 40,000 petitions were delivered to the FCC today by families of prison inmates, national advocates and prison chaplains urging Chairman Genochowski to end predatory prison phone rates by passing the Wright Petition. Costing up to 24 times a normal call, prison phone rates unfairly punish inmates’ families, who are forced to cover these calls.

Yesterday the FCC took the first step to protect families from unfair prison phone rates by issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on interstate phone call rules and rates.

“I have spent over $25,000 over the last 10 years just trying to stay in touch with my son in prison,” said Lillie Branch-Kennedy. “There is no reason prison agencies and phone companies should be profiting off of families like mine, forcing us to choose between putting food on the table or keeping in touch with our loved ones. We rely on these calls to stay focused on building a new, healthy life together after our loved one’s release.”

II.   FCC-13-113A4  Releases Order Reducing High Inmate Calling Rates
To view document in its entirety visit:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-releases-order-reducing-high-inmate-calling-rate
 
IlI. The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, led by the Human Rights Defense Center, Center for Media Justice, and Nation Inside along with a team of allies, prisoners, and, most importantly, prisoner family members— won a major victory for prison phone justice today!” Call our toll-free storyline at 877-410-4863 and tell us what you think. Send a thank you note to the FCC commissoners click here.  http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6220/c/1313/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=21583
“4th MOBILE JUSTICE TOUR” 

“Improving the effectiveness and fairness of Virginia’s justice system”
 
Lillie Branch-Kennedy of RIHD along with Richard Walker of Bridging the Gap and Quan Williams of New Virginia Majority are participating in statewide Mobile Justice Tour which kicked off in Richmond
in September and has since visited Petersburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Lynchburg, Hampton and  Crewe to talk about issues around who pays? rights restoration, parole and sentencing reform as well
as the school to prison pipeline. Tour ends in November.

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Additional information:  http://rihd.org/mobile-justice-tour/
2016 RIHD Position Paper
 
http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/mobile-justice-tour-encourages-exoffenders-in-danville/23489516#.Vk3dbqn4iJM.link
 
 
 
 
 

 


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