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          R.I.H.D., Inc.

"Working together to end mass incarceration by
improving the effectiveness and fairness of Virginia's
criminal justice system."--RIHD
  
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 a family member
sentenced to an egregiously long sentence.

RIHD was formed with other volunteers in a 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 (Fishback & Sentencing Guideline Disparity Reform), 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 LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS
"Sentence Guideline"  Oversight
 THANK YOU to Delegate Charniele L. Herring (D) District 46th who sponsored our position paper HB1055 (2018) Judicial performance evaluation and "oversight" when noncompliance of sentence guidelines exist. To learn more:  
SUPPORT DOCUMENTS:

Delegate Charniele L. Herring, D 
City of Alexandria (part) - 46th District
PO Box 11779
Alexandria,  VA 22312 
Email Address: [email protected]


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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"Keeping Families Connected"
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 

 


 
​​      When you believe in something, fight for it. When you       see Injustice, fight harder than you ever fought before.
2020 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION
REINTRODUCE THE FOLLOWING BILLS 

REINSTATE PAROLE STUDY
HJ 644 Study (2019); JLARC;  Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to study the reinstatement of discretionary parole, that was abolished in 1995.


FISHBACK/JURY TRIALS PAROLE
HB 1689 Parole (2019); exception to the limitation on
the application of parole statutes.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=Hb1689

SB 1437 Parole (2019); exception to the limitation on the application of parole statutes;
investigations and reports
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=191&typ=bil&val=Sb1437


RIHD "MOBILE JUSTICE TOUR" EVENT
​​Public - Free - Bring a Friend - Be a Voice

R.I.H.D. "MOBILE JUSTICE TOUR" 
Celebrating our 7th Annual

Criminal Justice Reform Events

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019
6pm to 8:00pm
Varina Area Library
1875 New Market Road
Henrico, VA 23231(City of Richmond)
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019
11:30am to 1:30pm
Hosted by: The Joshua Ministry
Gethsemane Community Fellowship
1317 East Brambleton Ave
Norfolk, VA 23504

"Let's Work  TOGETHER to increase public safety and end mass incarceration by improving the effectiveness and fairness in our criminal justice laws." --www.rihd.org
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HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP
TAKE ACTION NOW

CITIZEN HELP PAGE:

VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


SIGN ONLINE PETITION LETTER TO YOUR
DISTRICT STATE LEGISLATORS

10,000 Online (Individual) Signatures













REFORM PRISONER MAIL POLICY PETITION
Tell Virginia VaDOC Not to Shred Family Photos



REMINDER 
TELL YOUR DISTRICT LEGISLATORS YOU SUPPORT REINSTATING A FAIR & CONSISTENT  PAROLE ELIGIBILITY 
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-the-unfair-sentencing-trap-in-va