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Prison Reform Rally 1/20/18: Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass, parent of an inmate & IAHR Vice Chair

COALITION FOR JUSTICE: PRISON REFORM RALLY

 

Good afternoon ADVOCATE FAMILY! It’s a beautiful day, the sun is out and we’re here in numbers being the voices for those who are both locked-up and lock-down within the VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS!

I’m Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass and I stand before you representing FIRST my wrongfully incarcerated son Kevin D. Snodgrass, Jr. inmate #1203403 housed at RED ONION state prison. And, I’m here as a board member of one of today’s event endorsers INTERFAITH ACTION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (IAHR).

IAHR’s mission is to strengthen bridges among regional faith communities to counter racism, religious bigotry and to work to redress pervasive injustice in our criminal justice system. Specifically, IAHR seeks to change the culture, policy or practices that cause torture or violate human dignity. 

I want to thank Margaret Breslau (Coalition for Justice), Joseph Rogers (Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality) and all RALLY committee member’s for being all inclusive by including me on your agenda for this spectacular gathering today.

Today, we are putting BOTH the old guards and newly elected Virginia Legislators on notice—that JUSTICE REFORM via new legislation is a must in the current 2018 General Assembly session. Virginia can no longer uphold the practice of mass incarceration via current laws on the books that rubber-stamps over sentencing, no parole and VDOC’s best kept secret—that monster SOLITARY CONFINMENT!  

As advocates we are taking steps without actually seeing the staircase.  I’m talking MLK to you right now…stay with me. I want to quickly give you 3 impo