Virginia CURE

Virginia CURE Virginia CURE focuses on criminal justice issues that affect the lives of prisoners, crime victims, the affected families, and the community.

Volunteers are the backbone of CURE and carry out all of the organizational functions. Tireless dedication by volunteers across Virginia has enabled Virginia CURE to gain support for legislation and policies that advance the rights of prisoners and their families, and improve prison conditions. These efforts uphold public safety, strengthen family bonds, preserve victim’s rights, and seek better ways to achieve public safety.

11/22/2021
Why Latinx People Are Uniquely Vulnerable to Wrongful Conviction
09/15/2021
Why Latinx People Are Uniquely Vulnerable to Wrongful Conviction

Why Latinx People Are Uniquely Vulnerable to Wrongful Conviction

In the summer of 2004, Clemente Aguirre enjoyed a day off work from the restaurant where he washed dishes and prepped food in Florida. He spent the afternoon and evening of June 16 drinking with friends and relaxing. He didn’t know that would be the last relaxing day he would have for many years t...

Stop Pre-crime detention now! Did you know you can be held indefinitely for crimes you have not committed? This needs to...
01/26/2021
Virginia lawmakers call shadow prisons "appalling"

Stop Pre-crime detention now! Did you know you can be held indefinitely for crimes you have not committed? This needs to stop. No one should be jailed for future crimes. Let Senator Morrissey and Delegate Hope, and your representatives know you support SB 1244. Stop Virginia Shadow prisons.

https://youtu.be/M4Wx4DjTOuA

Featuring Senator Joe Morrissey, Delegate Patrick Hope, and Delegate Don Scott Moderator Gin Carter of the Humanization Project. Just Future Project question...

01/14/2021

Of MarQui's 33 year sentence, 23 of those years are mandatory minimums that the judge couldn't suspend. Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam has made it clear that he does not agree with mandatory minimum sentences, so now is the perfect time to show him that we support MarQui's petition to have his prison sentence reduced via executive clemency. Please help by supporting our campaign at https://www.change.org/SecondChanceForMarqui. Also, visit our website at www.wesupportmarqui.com and follow us on Instagram @we_support_marqui.
#wesupportmarqui
Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth
Virginia Prison Justice Network
Virginia CURE
Prison Policy Initiative
The Redemptive Life Foundation

https://www.virginiamercury.com/2020/09/03/virginia-democrats-advance-bills-allowing-prisoners-to-shorten-sentences-with...
09/07/2020
Virginia Democrats advance bills allowing prisoners to shorten sentences with good behavior - Virginia Mercury

https://www.virginiamercury.com/2020/09/03/virginia-democrats-advance-bills-allowing-prisoners-to-shorten-sentences-with-good-behavior/

Some Virginia inmates could see their sentences cut nearly in half under legislation aimed at rewarding good behavior and participation in prison rehabilitation programs. Bills advanced by Democrats in the House and Senate would dramatically expand the state’s existing earned sentence credit progr...

08/27/2020
WFLA News Channel 8

Just in: The Innocence Project's client Robert DuBoise, is expected to be released today after 37 years in prison for a 1983 murder in Tampa. DNA testing now proves he did not commit the crime. Watch the hearing live.

WRONGFUL CONVICTION HEARING: A hearing is underway for the release of Robert Duboise, a Tampa man serving a life sentence for murder and r**e. Duboise was cleared of the crime due to recently discovered DNA evidence. STORY: bit.ly/3hKZAtS

This is the most recent information on VADOC Covid-19 plan and actions being taken. Please let us know if your loved one...
08/20/2020
VADOC — COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates

This is the most recent information on VADOC Covid-19 plan and actions being taken. Please let us know if your loved one is incarcerated and is having any issues.
https://vadoc.virginia.gov/news-press-releases/2020/covid-19-updates/

The VADOC provides daily information updates on current active COVID-19 cases which include offenders in VADOC facilities and VADOC staff members. Additional updates can be found on this page or by calling our information line.

08/06/2020

VIRGINIA EARLY VOTING
Sep 18, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020

In-Person Absentee Voting:
You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day.

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL VOTER REGISTRAR FOR INFO!

06/19/2020

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration, and now a legal holiday in VIRGINIA, commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the people enslaved in Texas were now free.

Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.

The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.

However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

05/31/2020
Richmond Virginia Branch NAACP

Richmond Virginia Branch NAACP

Richmond Virginia Branch NAACP Executive Committee and Membership:

We wanted to make you aware of a press conference that will take place tomorrow, May 31, 2020, related to the concerns arising from the recent murder of Mr. George Floyd and other senseless murders of African Americans within this country. This press conference is being held by RVA Call to Action - Justice for All Committee. Please see below for information about location and time. For those that would like to attend, please make sure you bring a mask and practice social distancing.

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PRESS RELEASE

There will be a Press Conference and a Call to Action Event to address concerns arising from the recent murder of
Mr. George Floyd and the other senseless murders of African Americans by
"law enforcement " in this country.

As we examine the list of the many victims of Injustice, our Question is:
When will this STOP?
Our answer is:
IT MUST STOP NOW !

The community needs to know what can be done NOW, to ensure that Virginia takes a proactive look at systemic racism and how it impacts "Policing".
Issues and Solutions will be presented by area elected officials , law enforcement officers, community activists and the faith community.

The Event is : A Call to Action: " Justice for All"

Sunday May 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm Location: The Richmond Reconciliation Statue - at the corner of 15 th
St.and East Main St.
Richmond , Virginia 23219

Featured Speakers
include:

Del. Delores McQuinn
(Virginia House of Delegates- 70 th District)

Mayor Levar Stoney
City of Richmond

Mr. James Minor
Community Activist

Mr. Jason Kamras,
Superintendent , City of Richmond Public Schools

Rev. Dr. Robert A. Winfree
New Deliverance Tabernacle

Chief William Smith
Richmond Police Dept.

Hon. Shannon Taylor
Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney

Rev. Emanuel Harris, Pres. Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond and Vicinities

Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson
Henrico County Board of Supervisors

Others who will be present and standing in support of
"Justice for All" include:

Dr. Cynthia Newbille
Sheriff Antoinette Irving
Mr.Charles Willis
Hon.Birdie Jamison
Hon. Cheryl Burke

***All persons who
plan to attend are
asked to wear facial masks and to practice social distance in accordance with CDC Guidelines due to COVID-19.

****We are encouraging people to watch the event on Facebook Live:
City of Richmond or
Richmond Police Department

We can add any Media pages that plan to Stream the Event Live.

This Event is sponsored by the RVA Call to Action- Justice for All Committee.

Del. Delores McQuinn
William Smith
James Minor
Charles Willis
Birdie Jamison
Robert Winfree

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Thank you,

Garrett Sawyer, Branch Secretary
Richmond Virginia Branch NAACP
Unit #7112

This is the worst case scenario! Prayers to the people incarcerated and to their families. #inmatesarepeoplehttps://www....
04/30/2020
73% Of Inmates At An Ohio Prison Test Positive For Coronavirus

This is the worst case scenario! Prayers to the people incarcerated and to their families. #inmatesarepeople

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/20/838943211/73-of-inmates-at-an-ohio-prison-test-positive-for-coronavirus?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2EoSHi3-nBibjg6VQRGU1lkqLPSKqYFwtLSJlq8UCIUolsB9n5cvy9fEI

No other state has reported as many cases of COVID-19 behind bars as Ohio, in large part because no other state has tested as many inmates.

Governor Dr Ralph Northam has always been an advocate for Criminal Justice reform. We applaud him for taking action to p...
04/17/2020
Virginia Governor Reduces Jail Population, Increases Testing to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Governor Dr Ralph Northam has always been an advocate for Criminal Justice reform. We applaud him for taking action to protect those persons incarcerated, and keeping all Virginians safe during this pandemic. Today's inmates are tomorrow's neighbors.
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginia-governor-speaks-after-announcing-plans-to-reduce-prison-population/2277124/

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the Department of Corrections would be releasing low-level offenders from local and regional jails as the coronavirus continues to spread. This step was taken to mitigate the spread among those in the state’s custody. There was already a 17% decrea...

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The staff of THE VIRGINIA DEFENDER newspaper has produced a special, 16-page edition of our UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS newsletter. It's chock full of news, analysis and resources that we hope will be helpful in this difficult time. We invite you to read and share. And please consider sending us your comments, questions and suggestions. They are all very much appreciated.
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Thanks for all the hard work you have been doing all these years. Hope you can make it out to the End Mass Incarceration rally in Richmond.
Any word on the Fishback Bill?