"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

 Dear bro's & sis's peace! in the wake of a national televised survey done on GMA last week, I think it is necessary to watch what we are eating. I mean come on who voluntarily accepts cancer? The survey spoke on process meat/super processed meat that causes liver canc...

I could use a helping hand if ya'll can understand

Jail was never a part of the plans but here I stand,

sit, lay, and contemplate about ways to make it through.

It's virtually impossible to be rehabilitated dealing with the shit that I go through.

Education is slim to none...

(River North Correctional)

Greetings my name is Randy Cherry. I was born and raised in Norfolk Va. I don't understand why people feel as though, those who commit crimes in there early years of life don't deserve a second chance. Is it because we're not blood related? Th...

Hello my name is Steven, I address this message to those giving recognition to those who stand united putting forth a devoted and earnest effort to bring upon changes in our justice systems. I currently stand a statistic and representation of the unfair punishment that...

River North Correctional Center

My name is Danny Thomas I'm currently serving a sentence of life plus 20. Prior to my incarceration I completed high school & served my country in the US Army. Once I discharged from the army I started a good paying job & everything seeme...

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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, 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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