At 2 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 24, New Virginia Majority, Richmond Branch NAACP, and Kinfolks Community Inc. will host a mayoral candidates forum on criminal justice reform called, "Creating Opportunities and Increasing Safety in Our Communities,” at Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch. Confirmed attendees: Jon Baliles, Jack Berry, Bobby Junes, Joe Morrissey, Michelle Mosby, Levar Stoney, Bruce Tyler, and Lawrence Williams, Sr.
African Americans account for 20 percent Virginia’s population but 60 percent of the state’s prison population. Earlier this year, the City Council of Richmond passed a resolution requiring the establishment of alternatives to mass incarceration. The resolution “encourages the development of strategies designed to significantly reduce the jail population in the city of Richmond by proactively decreasing reliance on incarceration through changes in sentencing policy, jail policy, social policy and law enforcement policy to end “mass incarceration.”
The debate will focus on criminal justice issues including: reducing incarceration through diversion programs, support for returning citizens, drug laws and enforcement, and racial bias.
Who: New Virginia Majority in partnership with Richmond Branch NAACP and Kinfolks Community, Inc.
What:Mayoral Candidates Forum on Criminal Justice Reform
Where: Richmond Public Library Main Branch (Auditorium) 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
When: 2 p.m., September 24, 2016
Contact: Iman Shabazz, (804) 614-2432, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jasmine Leeward, (804) 250-6514, email@example.com
New Virginia Majority organizes for progressive transformation of Virginia through mass organizing of communities of color, women, working people, LGBT people, youth and progressive people to create a Virginia that is democratic, just and sustainable.