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Many ex-felons don’t know they can get their right to vote restored
On a Tuesday afternoon in December, Richard Walker stood on the corner outside the city’s social services building and hollered.
The Mobile Justice Tour is Back!—Virginia
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The Mobile Justice Tour (MJT) in Virginia is embarking on their 3rd fifteen-city tour calling for the overhaul of Virginia's Justice System, restoring civil and voting rights and for state-wide fair-hiring application policies for persons with a criminal record.
The Injustice of Five Years of Unfair Jury Trials In VA Remains Uncorrected
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Help R.I.H.D., Inc. to correct all unfair jury trials in Virginia.
Mobile Justice Tour & “A Meeting with Virginia Parole Board” - 3/19/2014
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Join the Amazing Grace Outreach Church & the MJT for an open discussion amongst attendees and Virginia parole board chairperson and other invited guest. Followed by a presentation from the Mobile Justice Tour focus on three key justice related issues. FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC
SB 250 Employment applications; inquiries regarding criminal arrests, charges, or convictions.
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CALL, WRITE, EMAIL, FAX TODAY IN SUPPORT OF "SB 250 Employment applications; inquiries regarding criminal arrests, charges, or convictions." Let your legislators know you are a Member of the Community Restoration Campaign for "fair and commonsense laws" -- Thank you Lillie (Ms. K)
Back by Popular Demand, 10-City Tour Calls for Overhaul of Virginia’s Justice System
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Mobile Justice Tour, the event re-launches on Saturday, December 14, with a focus on three key issues: civil rights restoration for citizens with felony convictions, removing questions about an applicant’s criminal background from initial employment forms, and sentencing reform to end mass incarceration in Virginia.
Back by Popular Demand, 10-City Tour Calls for Overhaul of Virginia’s Justice System
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The Mobile Justice Tour, re-launches on Saturday, December 14, with a focus on three key issues: civil rights restoration for citizens with felony convictions, removing questions about an applicant’s criminal background from initial employment forms, and sentencing reform to end mass incarceration in Virginia.
MJT: Harrisonburg - Tuesday December 17, 2013 6pm-8-pm (Flyer)
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Hi Everyone, The MJT will be in Harrisonburg following up from our last event. Please note the Time Change to 6pm-8pm to accommodate families, friends and allies. We have so much to share with you as we continue the movement, reducing crime and reducing recidivism/re-incarceration. Help pass commonsense laws in Virginia.
Saturday Dec. 14th 10am - Danville: Mass Incarceration/Successful Reentry
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Join Us, when the Mobile Justice Tour Team comes to Danville Virginia to follow-up on justice-related issues and provide on-site direct services. Restoration of Rights Application/Filing Assistance, Ban-the-Box Employment Application Reform and Mass Incarceration. Event is Free and Open to Public
CRC member participates in Virginia Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair
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November, 2013 the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) published their findings regarding "Virginia' justice system is expensive, ineffective and inequitable. Despite some recent small progress the areas of post-incarceration reentry, particularly felony disenfranchisement, the state continues to suffer under misguided policies and practices of the past."
Virginia Department of Corrections: Important Update - Visitation
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New and Important Visitation Instructions. Please review and share with others.
GET INVOLVED TODAY. HERE'S HOW
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BE THE VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS.
Ban-the-Box (Felony) Employment Application
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What is ban-the-box? Summary explanation of ban-the-box and listing of passed local government legislation in Virginia.
City of Petersburg bans the box on job application (felony conviction)
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Another win for "earned" second chance in Virginia. Thanks Evette Roots with Pathways
Advancement Project (AP) - Restoration of Rights Advocacy
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The Advancement Project (AP) held a Thank You Luncheon for many of Virginia Restoration of Rights advocates.
Ban the Box Campaigns Gain Traction
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“Ban the Box” efforts across the country seek to level the playing field.
9/17 Mobile Justice Tour - Richmond
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Three key justice related issues we will discuss and provide on-site direct services: restoration of rights, ban-the-box employment reform, rehabilitative programs for successful prisoner reentry. Join us, bring a friend or two, the family, all invited, all welcome. "Change comes from the people, not the politicians." Be the voice for the voiceless.
2014 General Assembly: "Fair and Commonsense" Criminal Justice Laws
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Two important legislative initiatives requiring public awareness and support. We need your help getting these two bills re-introduced by your district state legislation.
Mobile Justice Tour Updated Schedule for Month of September
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MJT First stop Saturday, Sept. 7th Lawrenceville/Brunswick County Library - 11am to 1pm - 133 West Hicks Street - Lawrenceville VA 23868. Join Us - All Welcome - All Invited. See you then.
The Long Road to Change
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The Mobile Justice Tour is underway in Virginia.
8/17/2013 Mobile Justice Tour - Danville
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Danville Meeting & Press
8/13/2013: Mobile Justice Tour in Harrisonburg
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MJT Stops in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Check out what people are saying about the tour.
TWITTER & TEXT "MOBILE JUSTICE TOUR"
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Follow the MJT Team on Twitter and Text Us
2014 General Assembly: "Fair and Commonsense" Legislation
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During the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session, policy advocates seeks to introduce/re-introduce fair and common-sense legislation that has been shown to reduce crime and reduce recidivism. The MJT will detail, and invite others to join, these citizen lobbying efforts
MJT: Ban-The-Box (Felony) Employment Application
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The MJT will advocate for other Virginia governments and private businesses to “Ban the Box” and reduce barriers that prevent our community members from finding work.
MJT: Restoration of Rights in Virginia
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The MJT will elaborate on the plan’s details, and assist those who wish to restore their rights.
Press Release: Mobile Justice Tour (MJT)
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Civil Rights Groups Launch "Mobile Justice Tour" To Bring Advocacy, Awareness and Assistance on Voting Rights Restoration, Ban-the-Box and Successful Prisoner Re-entry Across Virginia - Join Us!
VDOC Speaks in favor of Wright Petiton
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Virginia's Director of Corrections, Harold Clark, submitted a comment to the Federal Communications Commission in favor of the reduction in commissions and/or charges related to prison phone calls.
‘The BUSINESS OF INCARCERATION’
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Host Gloria Taylor Edwards & C0-Host Shirley T. Burke on WCLM 1450 AM. Guest commentators Terry Dysick, of Guidance, Inc and Keith Wm. DeBlasio, of Smart on Crime Solutions. The topic: The U.S.Incarceration Issues/The Business of Incarceration.
Socio Economic Discrimination, Our Youth, and Justice
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THE ARMSTRONG HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR CAN ONLY SING AT CARNEGIE HALL MAR 1-4 IF THE COMMUNITY RALLIES AND HELPS THEM GET THERE. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!
U.S. JUDGE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS ON RESTORATION OF RIGHTS LAWSUIT
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Activists are invited to witness oral arguments on the restoration of voting rights in Virginia as they are argued in a lawsuit brought by civil and Human Rights Activist, Sa’ad El-Amin, in federal court.
The 2013 General Assembly Session
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Keep track of restorative legislation for positive criminal justice reform in Virginia as the 2013 General Assembly Session moves forward.
Cutting Corrections Costs - Earned Time Policies for State Prisoners
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This project is designed to help states tap the best research and information available to put a fiscal lens to sentencing and corrections policy options and reforms.
Exploring the Diminishing Effects of More Incarceration: Virginia’s Experiment in Sentencing Reform
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A recent report by JFA Institute in Washington, DC casts new light on Virginia's criminal justice policy.
The Conservative War on Prisons
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Right-wing operatives have decided that prisons are a lot like schools: hugely expensive, inefficient, and in need of root-and-branch reform. Is this how progress will happen in a hyper-polarized world? By David Dagan and Steven M. Teles
PROGRAM ON VIRGINIA'S USE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
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Learn about the use of solitary confinement in Virginia at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22201, from 7 to 8:30 pm on Monday, December 3, 2012.
YOU ARE INVITED: Newport News - Saturday - October 27 - 1pm
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Join us as we introduce the newest member of the Community Restoration Campaign T.E.A.M. Unity in Newport News, VA
Virginia - Troy - Women’s Prison Sued
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The Miami Herald: Inmates at Va women's prison sue over health care
Ban the Box
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Newport News agrees to ban conviction question on applications. Initial employment applications won't immediately ask about criminal convictions
Families Report Deplorable Conditions
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Families Report Deplorable Conditions at Virginia’s Central Virginia Correctional Unit #13, a Field Unit for Virginia’s Incarcerated Women.
A Personal Essay by Mike Thurmond
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A personal essay by Mike Thurmond. Filmed and edited by Tenzin Samphel. Music by Mos Def and Philip Glass.
I’m Calling About My Brother
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A man calls in his brother's story in Virginia. A long sentence and no hope of parole.
2013 GENERAL ASSEMBLY - “R” WE READY YET?
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2012-2013 Legislation Advocacy Update. "If we are to make a difference, we must do something different --Dr. Wendell Hylton
Update from Virginia
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Good bills coming up tomorrow afternoon.
WHAT INCARCERATION COSTS TAXPAYERS
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IN FISCAL YEAR 2010, the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) had $712.4 million in prison expenditures.
Community Restoration Campaign - On the Move
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Last week we walked the halls and met with our individual district state legislators and/or legislative aides, expressing our support for the Community Restoration Campaign's criminal justice and prison reform focus legislation.
Virginia Campaign Gearing Up 2012
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Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged update on the Virginia campaign.
2012 Proposed Legislation Focus
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The Community Restoration Campaign is getting geared up for the coming legislation session. Get involved!
STOP SB1001
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SB1001: The bill strips ALL oversight of the Department of Corrections
Fighting for Justice From the Holler to the Hood
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We have put a photo essay below that covers travels from the holler to the hood in Virginia -- and our prison nation.
ACTION - BILL TO BE HEARD THIS WEDNESDAY
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SB796 will be heard this Wednesday. With your support we can move it forward.
Call-in Action
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We need as many people as possible to make calls this week.
This Week's Action
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With your support the Community Restoration Campaign is rolling forward and now has a bill, SB796, in front of the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee.
Community Restoration Advocacy Day
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Amazing news! We have had several legislators sign on to support the Earned Second Chance Provision. Because of your support the Earned Second Chance Provision is moving forward in Virginia. Now we need to keep up the pressure.
Horror and Disgust by Jerome Paine
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A poem by Jerome Paine at Red Onion State prison in Wise County, Virginia.
Introduction to prison rights advocate
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This video is an introduction of the work that I am doing in the Virginia Prison system to expose the systemic abuse of inmates at Wallens Ridge , Red Onion and Keen Mountain.
Elsie Gray Speaks Out
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