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"Mass Incarceration Affects us All"

Our committee is a proud member of the Virginia Prison Justice Network and a sponsor of VAPOC (Virginia Prisoner of Conscience).

Listen to the audio blog and take action!  Audio posts are by VAPOC members.  Blog posts are written by prisoners in Virginia.

Every day we get letters from prisoners.  We advocate for their human rights, provide information and address their grievances.  If you'd like to help, let us know!  Contact justicebburg@gmail.com

July 6, 2018

Sussex 1 has the windows in the cells and inside the Housing Units covered up. With all of this lockdown it's easy to become confused about the day. Is the Sun out? Is it raining? Is the wind blowing? Is it dark out? The shyt is psychological as hell man. Like, I'm ver...

June 24, 2018

I’m writing you all this statement from Solitary Confinement where I’ve been for forty-six days.  I’ve been locked in this room for nearly 2 months because I had the audacity to want humane prison conditions for me and my fellow prisoners.  And because of this -- becau...

Our goal for the rally today is to communicate to Law Makers, right here where you are standing, to "Reform" the Virginia prison system. This means that we have to explore the question of what exactly do we want Reformed?

Do we want the state to stop using a Billion Dol...

Martin Luther Kings Birthday is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of January every year. His Birthday has come to mean many different things to many different people. Conservatives tend to use King as a symbol of individualism whose message and mission was to have people ju...

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HOW THE REPUBLICAN & DEMOCRATIC PARTIES NOW USE MASS INCARCERATION AS PART OF THEIR ONGOING LOW INTENSITY WAR ON THE BLACK INTERNAL COLONIES.

"Any Negro who registers as a Democrat or a Republican is a traitor to his own people." Malcolm X, By Any Means Necessary...

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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.

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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