Mobile Justice Tour

The Mobile Justice Tour Team comes to Ferrum College to provide public awareness, updates and direct services concerning important Justice-related policies and how they affect our communities throughout Virginia.

January 16, 2014  |  Blue Ridge Mountain Room, Franklin Hall  |  6:00 – 9:00pm

 

At each stop of the tour, re-entry policy experts will discuss:

Restoration of Rights:
The MJT team will elaborate and update Virginians on Gov. McDonnell’s simplify version to the rights restoration process for those with non-violent convictions and MJT legislative advocacy to restore all rights. We will provide on-site direct services to assist those who wish to restore their rights both simplify and 5-year (violent) applications.

“Ban the Box” Employment Application Reform:  
Why re-invent the wheel? The MJT team will continue to educate and provide copies of  passed local legislation. Ban-the-box provides fair hiring policies by removing the question about an individual’s criminal history from the initial employment application and deferring it until actual interview process. Current local government agencies whom passed Ban-the-Box legislation: Newport News, City of Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Petersburg.  Our goal is to reduce barriers that prevent community members in your area from finding work.

Successful Prisoner Re-Entry:
During the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session, policy advocates will introduce common-sense legislation that has been shown to reduce recidivism. Proposed solutions include prison-based programs such as

  • Prisoner literacy and educational, therapeutic, and vocational rehabilitation with earned sentence credit, and/or reinstatement of parole system
  • Volunteer ServiceTax Credits for professional and/or licensed persons providing educational and other services to incarcerated people in Virginia jails and prisons,and
  • Other Justice related issues to reduce crime and reduce recidivism.

 

For more information, contact William N. Osborne, Jr., Ph.D. at wosborne@ferrum.edu.