Santia Nance column: Second chances for incarcerated Virginians

Last month, in an interview in Henrico County, Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin addressed his plans for Virginia’s criminal legal system. When discussing instituting new leaders for the Virginia Parole Board, which evaluates parole for eligible incarcerated people, he stated in part: “We make sure that we’ve got folks that are recognizing that, yes, second chances are part ofContinue reading “Santia Nance column: Second chances for incarcerated Virginians”

Feature: Gin & Justice Podcast with The SIP

On this weeks episode Justine and Amanda chat with Juanita Belton, Santia Nance, & Paulettra James, The founders of SIP. These three women have a vision to change the perception of those sentenced to prison beyond 10 years and have been forgotten by lawmakers and society. Currently focused in Virginia, they started their efforts with theContinue reading “Feature: Gin & Justice Podcast with The SIP”

Opinion: Rehabilitated violent offenders deserve a second chance

As seen in the Virginian Pilot and Daily Press, written by Paulettra James. For years, I have been separated from the love of my life — my husband, Jerry James. Why? Because of Virginia’s incredibly outdated, harmful, and punishment-focused legal model. Despite overwhelming evidence that lengthy sentences are unnecessary to protect public safety, Virginia dolesContinue reading “Opinion: Rehabilitated violent offenders deserve a second chance”