Organizations

Organizations are listed alphabetically. Get involved and join one!

Bridging the Gap in Virginia

Offices in Richmond and Newport News; Richmond office serves Richmond and Central Virginia; Newport News Office serves the Peninsula and Hampton Roads area

Website: https://www.bridgingthegapinvirginia.org
Richard Walker is the Founder/CEO and can be reached at 804-248-6756, his email address is rwalker@bridgingthegapinvirginia.org
C. Dallas Bell is the Executive Director of the Newport News office and can be reached at 757-928-0888, his email address is cdallasbellbridgingthegapinvirginia.org
BTGIV mission is to empower formerly incarcerated persons, veterans, at-risk youth, substance abuser, and homeless individuals by helping them overcome the barriers that hinder the effective transition following incarceration, military duty, recovery into mainstream society.
BTGIV’s primary goal is to provide services that will enable returning citizens and individuals with adverse criminal records to readjust into society in order to abstain from criminal lifestyles. The program works with the judicial system and other agencies to aid in the wholesome spiritual, social and economic rehabilitation of the individual being released from the criminal justice system.
Coalition for Justice

 

Coalition for Justice

We are a 501c3 non-profit operating out of Blacksburg, VA, which was founded in 1981 in response to the US-backed covert war in Nicaragua.  We take an  intersectional approach to our work and recognize that  all systems of oppression are interconnected and form a larger, overall system of domination.  In 2017, we formed a Prison Justice Committee, which works  to support the many disadvantaged groups within the prison system, recognizing that their groups must, in turn, work with one another in order to support all oppressed peoples, so that no one falls through the cracks. We seek, therefore, not only to empower prisoners but to advocate for them through our prisoner grievance work and our calls to end mass incarceration.  We also seek to change a repressive and unfair criminal justice system through much-needed legislative reform.
We publish the bi-weekly newsletter for the Virginia Prison Justice Network, that goes out to prisoners warehoused across the state, which covers legislative initiatives as well as issues pertaining to prison justice.  You can view the newsletter on the “media” page of the VAPJN website.
Contact:  justicebburg@gmail.com or write:
Coalition for Justice, PO Box 299, Blacksburg, VA 24063

Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality

DefendersFJE@hotmail.com
Phone: 804-644-5834
An all-volunteer, multi-issue organization working for the survival of our communities through education and social justice projects. We began in 2002 as a group of relatives of prisoners, concerned about the conditions in the state’s jails and prisons. We correspond with inmates, speak at prisoner-organized events, support prisoner struggles and report on prison-related issues in our quarterly newspaper The Virginia Defender. More information at:https://defendersfje.blogspot.comOur office is in Richmond, VA

End Mass Incarceration in Virginia

We work directly with prisoners and their families as they navigate the prison system to ensure that their rights are observed. Through our advocacy, and through a network of individuals and groups, we work to end mass incarceration in our state.
facebook:  click here.

First Alliance Consulting Group

To see their facebook page, click here.
The Alliance group is Virginia’s first community consulting group that provides consulting in the area of communal rehabilitation, resource management and fiscal responsibility.  This grassroots organization works in human rights, criminal justice reform and environmental justice.  BeKura Waliah Shabazz is the founder of this dynamic group which operates in Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Richmond and the surrounding areas. For environmental issues she represents VCN Virginia Conservation Network with the same contact info.

Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR)

Interfaith Action for Human Rights, a Mid-Atlantic coalition of faith communities and people of faith, brings action, education and advocacy to eliminate the practice of solitary confinement of prisoners in state facilities in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
IAHR’s network of multi-faith, multi-ethnic and multi-racial groups seeks to change the culture, policy and practices that violate the human rights of prisoners held in correctional facilities.
We believe that:  Solitary confinement is a form of psychological torture; Solitary confinement is costly and ineffective; Short-term confinement of juveniles, the mentally ill and other vulnerable prisoners poses grave risks to the health and rehabilitation of these prisoners.  Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the wisdom of our respective faiths, IAHR advocates for more just and compassionate laws and policies.  Through pastoral outreach, educational efforts and legislative advocacy, IAHR engages and mobilizes faith communities, families, the media, elected and appointed officials, and the general public.
Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Interfaith Action for Human Rights, POB 55802, Washington, DC 20040,

K.I.T (Keeping Inmate Families Together)

(Richmond, VA)
tashabescott@gmail.com
Keeping Inmates Families Together is a page that was created to keep Inmates and their families close through this process of separation. By all means.

Prison Lives Matter

Contact them here.
We believe that prisoners should have the right to vote to express their views, concerns, ideas, etc. regarding laws for effective prison management.  We acknowledge that there are disparities in treatment among Blacks at every stage of the criminal Justice process. Yet we’be allowed felon disenfranchisement laws to continue to exist. Huh? Obviously Blacks are disproportionately impacted by these laws. This impedes our access to law makers which contributes to our communities being neglected. One of the consequences is that we prisoners have been subject to draconian prison policies that don’t work at producing productive citizens, but rather men who leave prison feeling more disaffected then they did before their incarceration. We believe that prisoners & ex- felons must have the right to vote and force lawmakers to be accountable to our communities! Until this happens Amerikkka is still bound to its racist past.

Richmond Jericho

richmondjericho@gmail.com
They strive to maintain a nonsectarian movement that supports revolutionary prisoners of all stripes, and other political dissidents within prison walls. They define a political prisoner as anyone imprisoned for acting on their political beliefs.

RIHD (Resource, Information, Help for the Disadvantaged and Disenfranchised)

(Richmond, Virginia)
Email: rihd23075@gmail.com     Twitter: @rihd
RIHD
P.O. Box 55
Highland Springs, Virginia 23075
Call:  (804) 426-4426
To receive their daily-digest sign up at:  InMateResource@yahoogroups.com 
RIHD was founded in 2002 by Lilly Brant Kennedy (retired from a US Government career), in response to the barriers she experienced while engaging the criminal justice system on behalf of a family member who had been given an egregiously long sentence. RIHD 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 Virginia rural prisons. Sentencing reform, sentencing guidelines, restoration of civil and voting rights, and ban the box for fair hiring in the workplace are just some of the ways RIHD has helped ordinary Virginia to understand and navigate the criminal justice system and bring about necessary reform.

Rise for Youth

The mission of Rise For Youth is:  to increase the likelihood that youth will become law-abiding adults by investing in community- based alternatives to juvenile justice system involvement; to reduce the number of youth arrested, referred, under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice; to close Virginia’s juvenile prisons and re-invest savings from their closure into evidence-informed, community-based alternatives that will keep youth at home with their families and communities and keep communities safer and to build a true continuum of evidence-informed placements for youth that cannot safely remain in their homes.

Contact: Valerie Slater, RISE Campaign Coordinator, valerie@justice4all.org

Social Action Linking Together (SALT) 

SALT is a network of persons in Virginia embracing the principle that “The justice of a society can be measured by how the most vulnerable members of that society are faring and being treated.” This principle can be found in all the great religious traditions and inspires SALT members to propose and shape fair public social policies through our education of policy makers & our advocacy for the poor and powerless.  John Horejsi is the Founder and Coordinator and can be reached at jhorejsi@cox.net.

Website:  http://www.s-a-l-t.org

“Like” their facebook page (consider joining fb here if you do not have an account to maximize your advocacy) and post comments on their social justice articles!  https://www.facebook.com/SALTva/

SALT: Background & Objectives (Perspectives: Study/Advocacy/service) are found here.

Some SALT top successes:
1)    HIP program—prevents homelessness before it begins
2)    Repeal of Sales Tax on Food Stamps—$9.5 million food assistance to at-risk of hunger families
3)    Obtained Anti-Shackling of inmate women in child labor
4)    Virginia State Earned Income Tax Credit EITC and VITC Mini-Grants
5)    Child Support Pass Through Supplement for TANF families
6)    Insured telephone justice for inmate families by lowering rates

 

Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement

The Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement is made up of individuals and organizations working to reduce and eliminate the use of solitary confinement in Virginia’s prisons and jails through legislative and administrative policy changes. Organizations represented in our group include 

Interfaith Action for Human Rights
ACLU of Virginia
National Alliance on Mental Illness–VA
SALT (Social Action Linking Together)
VACURE
Virginia Council of Churches 
Virginia Catholic Conference
Amnesty International of Northern Virginia 
Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement
For more information or to get involved contact Gay Gardner at gaygardner@msn.com
 

Virginia CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants)

curevirginia@gmail.com  telephone: 703-272-3624

Chapters in Northern Virginia, Richmond  and Hampton Roads Issue
Representatives:
Juvenile Justice: Eileen Grey greybohm@erols.com

Restorative Justice: Christa Pierpont pierlight@earthlink.net

Prison.Industries: Tom Petersik: tkpetersik@yahoo.com
Mental HealthRev.Bob Grimsley advocates4all@gmail.com
Their mission is to support a safe, peaceful Virginia for all citizens by meeting public safety responsibilities for restoration of crime victims, the offenders, the affected families, and the community at large.  Our objective is to provide information, support and resources, to serve as an effective voice in gaining public attention for positive changes and improvements in policies and laws.

VAPAC (Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee)

VAPAC is organized to ensure that the Virginia Department of Corrections [VADOC] complies with Virginia laws and Prison officials and guards follow VADOC policy an procedures.

Address:  Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee,  P. O. Box 213, Clintwood Virginia, 24228

Website: https://vapac.blogspot.com/p/our-purpose.html

https://thevapoc.wixsite.com/virginia
Prisoners throughout the state are educating and organizing on the issues of prisoner justice from the inside and to those on the outside. Their mission is to end mass incarceration.

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