With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.
The Virginia legislature and executive have both prioritized juvenile justice reform in the last several years by working toward decreasing the number of incarcerated youth and increasing community based alternatives to youth prisons. Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe enacted an executive order in 2016 that would restore the rights of individuals with a felony conviction who have completed their sentences to vote, hold public office, and serve as a juror. After a legal battle in the state’s highest court, Governor McAuliffe was only able to restore the rights of 13,000 citizens.
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PRISON FELLOWSHIP IN VIRGINIA
Prison Fellowship’s victories in Virginia include working with Governor McDonnell in 2013 to restore civil rights of persons convicted of non-violent felony offenses who have completed their sentences. 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.
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