The Hampton Roads Chapter of Virginia CURE meets the 3RD Tuesday of Every Month at 1127 Norview Avenue in Norfolk, VA. (Norview Baptist Church)
Virginia CURE is a membership 501(c)(3) (nonprofit), statewide organization whose focus is on the Virginia criminal justice and prison systems and the people whose lives are impacted by those systems.
We believe that prisons should be used only for those who absolutely must be incarcerated and that those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around. We also believe that human rights documents provide a sound basis for ensuring that criminal justice systems meet these goals.
C.U.R.E. members create a collective force to bring positive attention to issues relating to prisoners and the families impacted by the criminal justice system. Parole for eligible and appropriate people who were sentenced before January 1, 1995, successful reentry, and fair and equitable treatment for prisoners and their families are special goals.
Virginia C.U.R.E. is staffed by volunteers and is a chapter of International CURE, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
We focus on:
• Family and community ties during incarceration
• Support for prisoners and their family members
• Prison and community treatment and educational programs
• Fairness in sentencing and use of alternatives to incarceration
• Prison jobs and job training leading to employable skills
• Policies that encourage prison visits
• Free flow of letters and publications to and from prisoners
• Fair and equitable telephone charges from prisoners
• Elimination of commission (rebate) to the state treasury from telecommunications contractor
• Parole for eligible offenders who are prepared for release
• Transition/reentry assistance for all Returning Citizens (housing, employment, health)
• Restoration of voting rights for returning citizens
• Oppose excessive use of force against prisoners using inhumane restraints and weapons
• Competent legal representation for all persons charged with a crime
• Restorative justice practices for all offenses
Hampton Roads Chapter PURPOSE
The Hampton Roads Chapter of Virginia CURE’s goal is to help returning citizens get jobs when they re-enter our communities. Therefore our direct purpose is to end recidivism. We want to start this process while they are still incarcerated because returning citizens can do a number of things that will increase their future employability. Economic conditions and employment strongly influence whether or not returning citizens commit new crimes. Getting a job is often complicated by the stigma attached to being returning citizens. Many are also unprepared for the world of work, lacking educational attainment, vocational training and life skills.