With more than 45 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that recognize the value and potential of every person. We promote reforms that help transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and create safer communities through proportional punishment, constructive corrections culture, and second chances.
In recent years, the Virginia General Assembly has headed the call for justice that restores by approving legislation to reduce unjust driver’s license suspensions, acknowledge the dignity of pregnant prisoners and their unborn children, improve policing practices, and enhance earned sentence credit opportunities to people behind bars. Additionally, Virginia governors from both parties have used executive powers to restore voting rights to thousands of formerly incarcerated people over the last decade.
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PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN VIRGINIA
Prison Fellowship’s victories in Virginia include working with Gov. McDonnell in 2013 to restore civil rights to certain people who have completed their sentence. The same year, Prison Fellowship worked with a broad coalition to pass regulations in Virginia that protect incarcerated women from being unnecessarily shackled during pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, Prison Fellowship has been a champion for juvenile justice, contributing to an increase in community-based services and the closing of juvenile corrections centers. Since 2021, Prison Fellowship has garnered support for a constitutional amendment that would create a consistent voting rights restoration policy for people who have left prison. We also spearheaded legislation to ease the pathway back to work for people with a criminal record. We look forward to carrying on this work.
SIGN THE JUSTICE DECLARATION!
Grounded in biblical values and signed by more than 12,000 Christians and prominent faith leaders, the Justice Declaration is a call to the Church to deploy its unique and unparalleled capacity to respond to crime and overincarceration.
RAISE YOUR VOICE
We encourage Christians who are experienced in advocacy, looking to learn more, or interested in increasing their involvement to apply to the Justice Ambassador program. Justice Ambassadors’ voices can be effective tools to inspire the Church, change the culture, and advance justice that restores. Become a Justice Ambassador with Prison Fellowship today!