I just learned that an older comrade of mine was denied parole for the 10th time! It seems that the abolition of parole in VA in 1995 has had an unofficial retroactive effect upon those who remain parole-eligible from before 1995. The Virginia legislature abolished parole back in 1995 for people who committed crimes on or after January 1, 1995. However, of the state’s 38,000 prisoners, approximately 4,300 are still eligible for parole because they committed their crimes before 1995. This post is to express my concern and solidarity with those prisoners affected by the Virginia Parole Board’s (VPB) parole denials that contain no explanation of the VPB’s decisions other than standard boilerplate terminology, without reference to efforts about rehabilitation or other facts that the VPB may have considered. Continue reading “INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER IN VIRGINIA”