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.
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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.

Mission: We support a safe, peaceful Virginia for all citizens by meeting public safety responsibilities for restoration of crime victims, the offenders, the affected families, and the community at large. Our objective is to provide information, support, and resources, to serve as an effective voice in gaining public attention for positive changes and improvements in policies and laws.

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 rape. 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...

Please take action now!
04/07/2020
ACLU

Please take action now!

“This is my sister, Elaine. She's been incarcerated for 10 years, a senior citizen with diabetes and recovering from recent surgery, with more to come in the future. Please don't let my sister die in prison. Bring her home, now." — Cheryl

A bipartisan majority of voters supports releasing people from jails and prisons to protect them from COVID-19. Tell Governor Northam to act now and save the lives of elderly and vulnerable incarcerated people by allowing them to return home.

Dehumanizing a child is intolerable. VADOC claims to have commitments to preserve the dignity of persons incarcerated an...
12/06/2019
An 8-year-old girl was strip searched at a Virginia prison. She was told it was the only way to see her dad.

Dehumanizing a child is intolerable. VADOC claims to have commitments to preserve the dignity of persons incarcerated and their families. This incident is downright appalling.

https://www.pilotonline.com/government/virginia/vp-nw-strip-search-20191206-wd2ejtrtqfgbvkbj7xzh7btemu-story.html

“It is deeply troubling and represents a breach in our protocol. We sincerely apologize to this child and her family and will be taking immediate disciplinary action against the person responsible,” a Virginia Department of Corrections spokeswoman said. But the department's policy does allow the...

Join the Virginia Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth for a Juvenile Justice and Parole rally on Saturday, Septem...
09/19/2019

Join the Virginia Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth for a Juvenile Justice and Parole rally on Saturday, September 28th from 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Hopewell Library!

Criminal justice reform requires mass commitment to combat mass incarceration. Keep fighting, keep writing; there are st...
05/24/2019
Crime Is Down. U.S. incarceration rates? Barely.

Criminal justice reform requires mass commitment to combat mass incarceration. Keep fighting, keep writing; there are still too many people behind bars in the U.S.

https://www.richmond.com/nyt/national/crime-is-down-u-s-incarceration-rates-barely/article_80bdd366-4504-50ea-8910-53c3723c28d4.html#tncms-source=infinity-scroll-summary-siderail-latest

For all the talk of curbing America’s appetite for mass incarceration and bipartisan support for reducing prison sentences, the number of people incarcerated in the United States declined only slightly

ACLU of Virginia
03/15/2019
ACLU of Virginia

ACLU of Virginia

BREAKING: We, New Virginia Majority, Virginia CURE and The Sentencing Project urged Governor of Virginia to veto bills that would impose life without parole for certain crimes. Harsher sentences do not necessarily reduce violent crimes, especially when sentencing people to lifelong prison terms consumes millions of our taxpayer dollars. Virginia would be better off investing our limited resources in rehabilitation, which would allow people to get back on their feet and strengthen public safety.

02/01/2019
Community Mourns Passing of Civic Leader and Strategist Lillie A. Estes

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and anyone inspired by Lillie A. Estes. Her passion, intellect, and unwavering devotion to speaking up and making a change in her community, country, and world will be deeply missed.

Richmonders are mourning the loss of longtime community strategist Lillie Estes, who passed away Thursday. She was involved in dozens of community justice efforts and consistently pushed leaders to address root problems and seek solutions from those most affected by economic and racial injustice. In...

01/18/2019
The Young Turks

The Young Turks

Four Black Men PARDONED 70 Years After Being Falsely Accused Of Raping White Woman.

Two Of Them Were Executed, The Others Convicted. Their Stories Must Be Told.

http://tyt.com/francis

Thinking of advocates in North Carolina. Laws and minds are changed through peaceful protests. This is a way silence the...
01/17/2019
NC House Passed HB 330 - Allowing Drivers To Legally Drive Through Protesters Who Block Roads

Thinking of advocates in North Carolina. Laws and minds are changed through peaceful protests. This is a way silence the voices of the people, and gives hatred protection. Shame on you, North Carolina House of Representatives 😡

Share: A new bill has passed the NC House that would allow North Carolina drivers to drive through protesters who are blocking the road without being sued, as long as they “exercise due care.” The North Carolina House passed HB 330 with a 67-48 vote. It was introduced by Republican Justin Burr a...

12/12/2018
The Breakdown

The Breakdown

How The System Treated Brock Turner vs Cyntoia Brown.

#WhitePrivilege

Empowering voices from formerly incarcerated women, and advocates within and outside the criminal justice system coming ...
11/17/2018

Empowering voices from formerly incarcerated women, and advocates within and outside the criminal justice system coming together! ACLU of Virginia ,Friends of Guest House Alexandria, A Just Future, et al.

Join us this Saturday!
11/14/2018

Join us this Saturday!

Please join us this Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 from 10am-2pm for our annual meeting focusing on the issues that face women i...
11/12/2018

Please join us this Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 from 10am-2pm for our annual meeting focusing on the issues that face women in the criminal justice system. Speakers will include Nicole Tortoriello, ACLU; Chaplain Rita Willett, Fluvanna Correctional Center; Sandra Brandt, Step Up; Kari Galloway, Friends Guest House; as well as a report from our meeting with the Virginia Department of Corrections.
http://virginiacure.weebly.com/registration.html

Scientific American
11/09/2018
Scientific American

Scientific American

There are an estimated 80,000 people, mostly men, in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

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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?