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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Incarcerated As Teens, These 21 Men Have Been Behind Bars For Decades Without Parole

Ranging from age 13 to 19 when charged, each of the following 21 inmates is parole eligible (having been incarcerated before parole was abolished in Virginia in 1995). Each also has worked at achieving a record of good behavior since in prison, and is now over 40, after which recidivism rates begin to drop significantly. Yet the Parole Board insists they continue to be punished for the crimes they committed when they were teens.


Name, age arrested, current age, years served
Mr. Orlando Strouther 18, 55, 36
Mr. Patrick Schooley 15, 52, 37
Mr. Jamie Gaithers 18, 49, 31
Mr. Shamont Burrell (kneeling) 18, 40, 22



Name, age arrested, current age, years served
Mr. Floyd Bouldin, Jr. 19, 48, 29
Mr. Andize Rucker 17, 51, 34
Mr. L. Jones 16, 48, 32
Mr. Quentin Liles 16, 47, 31
Mr. Brian Johnson 17, 42, 25



Name, age arrested, current age, years served
Mr. Anthony Talley 18, 42, 24
Mr. Robert Fitchett 15, 52, 37
Mr. Shawn Booker 18, 24, 42
Mr. S. Haskins 16, 43, 27



Name, age arrested, current age, years served
Steven Van Fleet 17, 40, 23
Mr. Rick Herring 18, 42, 24
Larry Kennedy 13, 47, 31
Wayne Beckham 16, 38, 22
Alfonzo Shelton 19, 47, 28




Name, age arrested, current age, years served
Mr. A. Talley 16, 48, 32
Mr. Michael Gaumer 17, 40, 23
Mr. Frank Allen 17, 47, 30

Keeping these 21 inmates in steel cages is costing Virginians a total of $588,000 annually (at $28,000 a year), plus all of the costs of their not having the opportunity to become responsible contributing members of society. 

Express your parole concerns to your State Senator, State Delegate, and to the following:

Ms. Karen Brown, chair
Virginia Parole Board
6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225
(804) 674-3081

cc:
Mr. Algie T. Howell, Jr., vice-chair 
Ms. Andrea Bennett
The Reverend Doctor A. Lincoln James 
Mr. Sherman R. Lea 
Mr. Minor F. Stone

The Honorable Brian Moran
Secretary of Public Safety
Patrick Henry Building, Third Floor
1111 East Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-5351

Attorney General Mark R. Herring
900 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-2071
http://www.oag.state.va.us/index.php/contact-us

The Honorable Terrence McAuliffe, Governor
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, Third Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
https://governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/Communicating-with-the-governors-office
(you can ask for a response)


Here's a link to more posts on parole in Virginia



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