Organizations are listed both alphabetically & regionally. Get involved and join one!


Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
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:

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.

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 it’s racist past.

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


“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!

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)
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

Virginia CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants)  telephone: 703-272-3624

Chapters in Northern Virginia, Richmond  and Hampton Roads Issue
Juvenile Justice: Eileen Grey

Restorative Justice: Christa Pierpont

Prison.Industries: Tom Petersik:
Mental HealthRev.Bob Grimsley
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

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.


K.I.T (Keeping Inmate Families Together)

(Richmond, VA)
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.

Richmond Jericho
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)     Twitter: @rihd
P.O. Box 55
Highland Springs, Virginia 23075
Call:  (804) 426-4426
To receive their daily-digest sign up at: 
RIHD, an all-volunteer, non-partisan Virginia-based organization working to improve the effectiveness and fairness of Virginia’s justice system.


Coalition for Justice

(Blacksburg, VA)

email:  website:
CFJ has a prison justice sub-group and sponsors VAPOC (Virginia Prisoner of Conscience). We work directly with VAPOC to educate our community on the issues of mass incarceration and to create change in the criminal injustice system. We fight for prison justice (prisoner’s rights) as well as for criminal justice reform. We also create a bi-weekly newsletter, as part of the Virginia Prison Justice Network, that goes to prisoners so they can be updated on legislative initiatives as well as issues pertaining to prison justice.  You can view the newsletter on the “media” page.