"Mass Incarceration Affects us All"

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January 31, 2018

Inmate# 1004406  Adam Davis

Hello my name is Adam Davis. I am currently serving a life sentence plus 233 years for a home invasion that I did not participate in. I received this sentence from a jury in 1998 after parole was abolished but before the Va Supreme Court rule...

January 31, 2018

Thank you first and foremost for hosting the Prison Reform Rally. It was my first time attending an event like such but I really enjoyed. It was informative as well as supportive to be around like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same thing that you are deal...

Personal Statement:
"Personal Observation" What's the penal system doing to our Commonwealth's communities? In the past 10 yrs I've observed all types of potential All American youth fall, vulnerable to many hate & terror groups & organizations. Much more than I ever n...

"Do Not Pass Me By"

Virginia is moving toward a reformation of its' parole system after realizing that the "get tough on crime campaign" has depleted financial resources that could have been better used to help rebuild the infrastructure of the Commonwealth and provid...

*VAPOC (Virginia Prisoner of Conscience) would like to thank everyone who came out to make the prison reform rally a success. It was truly a monumental day. We want to give a special thanks to Margaret Breslau of "Coalition for Justice" and Phil Wilayto of "The Defende...

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The Coalition for Justice is a founding member of the Virginia Prison Justice Network (VAPJN) and a sponsor for VAPOC.

VAPJN is a network of organizations around the state who work for change in the prison system by seeking solutions to the judicial racism that plagues our criminal justice system and by also providing a platform for prisoners to be heard.  For more information on VAPJN, go here.

VAPOC, a prisoner led organization of prisoners and supporters, who seek to end mass incarceration in Virginia by promoting awareness among the incarcerated and those in society by enlightening them in the fields of Prison Justice, Law, Politics, and Community Rebuilding/Reentry, thereby motivating them to become more involved in the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.  For more information on VAPOC go here.

The CFJ Prison Justice Committee believes that our current retributive justice system focuses on punishment, blame and isolation. Restorative justice focuses on healing and rehabilitation with an understanding that race and class are major factors in mass incarceration.  By allowing prisoners to take responsibility for their actions, they can not only repair harm but can learn how to make responsible choices and prevent future harm.  We need more dialogue, community support, inclusion and involvement.  We do not excuse criminal behavior by any means.  We believe in accountability but we see the need to treat prisoners with respect and allow them their human rights.  Only then, can they truly successfully reintegrate into the larger community.  Our steering committee:  Margaret Breslau, Jennifer Deegan, Kay Kay Goette, Askari Danso, Chanel Burnette, and Hassan Shabbaz.

We must all look in our communities and campuses to see the invisible hands that connect us -- from the prison made furniture at VT, to reintegrating prisoners back into our community in just and responsible ways.

Also, Virginia schools refer more students to law enforcement than other states, and that, nationally, schools refer black and special-needs kids to cops and courts disproportionately, at three times the national rate. The youth to prison pipeline starts here. We have state codes that include life without parole and  our state's 21 Day Rule, whereas an accuser can be charged with perjury and be free but the accused can't get out of prison because the rule prohibits trial judges from reviewing newly discovered evidence if it is presented more than three weeks after sentencing.

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