January 11, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM, the Bell Tower at the Capitol (Richmond, VA)
Hundreds of former prisoners, their family members and supporters attended the 3rd Annual Virginia Prison Justice Rally on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Bell Tower on Richmond’s Capitol Square. This event was a statewide collaboration of the many organizations that have joined together through the Virginia Prison Justice Network to create a greater voice for incarcerated individuals and their family members who remain victimized by unjust laws and policies. The rally featured statements from Virginia prisoners, remarks by former prisoners and family members and representatives from prisoner advocacy organizations. The goals were to call attention to the many injustices that exist within prisons and the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth of Virginia and to garner support for bills to be presented to the 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly that would correct these long-overdue inequities. The rally is sponsored by the Virginia Prison Justice Network.
Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh7nZyPZwkg