"Mass Incarceration Affects us All"

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Good day everyone reading this post and how are you?  I hope you are all doing well.  I’m Steve Allen Riddick and am an inmate at Red Onion State Prison in Pound, VA and my post is about, despite the coronavirus (covid 19), Red Onion staff have myself and the inmates i...

Fluvanna Correctional Center handles the disabilities of a lot of the women that are housed here. Many, as well as myself, have seizures of different types. Mine are stress related and at any time can happen. When I initially came here, I was assigned a bottom bunk bot...

I come to you with a heavy heart this week my readers. I was just informed that we lost one of our sisters in the early morning hours today. So sad!  I do not know who she was. I was given her name, which is irrelevant. The relevant issue is that she just lost her life...

Just how much punishment is enough? When does it become considered excessive?I feel that when people reach a certain age or a health condition renders them nearly handicapped, or in some cases I've seen, completely handicapped, they should be released! Seriously, what...

Many women who never had a child before aren't much aware that following the birth of your newborn baby a.k.a. "The Fourth Trimester," is a time when most women go through the most emotional, physical and mental changes. Our bodies go through some drastic changes such...

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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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