VAPOC is made up of prisoners, serving long sentences, who are incarcerated throughout Virginia. The group is sponsored by the Coalition for Justice, a 501c3 non-profit in Blacksburg, VA. VAPOC works with allies around the state to work to end mass incarceration.

 

Mission: 

To end mass incarceration in Virginia by promoting awareness amongst the incarcerated and those in

society by enlightening them in the fields of Prison Reform, Law, Politics, and Community Rebuilding/Reentry, thereby motivating them to become more involved in the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.

 

Objectives:     

We, the members of VAPOC, have set forth an agenda to organize and educate others on how we can end mass incarceration in Virginia. The Points of reference that we intend to address are:

 

Pre-Arrest to Arrest

  • Virginia Crime Commission

  • Racial Profiling: Neighborhoods, Stop and Frisk

  • Confidential Informants and Controlled Buys

  • Interrogations

  • Adjudication (Trial and Conviction) to Sentence

Virginia Sentencing Commission

  • Fishback: Being "Truthfully Sentenced

  • Racial Disparity in Sentencing: From J-Walking to Death Sentences

  • Juvenile Life w/o Parole (Cruel and Unusual)      ·

  • 21 Day Rule (Rule 1:1) (19.2-303)

  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (Public Defenders)

  • Guilty Pleas

  • Defacto Life sentences

  • Judicial Apathy and Bias

  • Post-Conviction to Pre-Reentry

  • Abolishment of parole, TIS-Truth in Sentencing, & Decrease in Good Time (1995)

Post-Conviction remedies (Appeals, Habeas Corpus, Certiorari) & Pro Se Litigants

Prisoner's Rights

  • Increase in the parole rate for those with parole e) Pre-Reentry & Treatment

  • Post-Release/Reentry

  • Probation and Parole

Restoration of Rights

  • Felonization: Housing, Employment, Licensing, License d) Court Costs, Fines, Child support ·

  • Sex Registry (Registry of non-sex offenders)

  • Health Care

Community Relations

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