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 firstname.lastname@example.org.