Friday, March 13, 2015

Parole Denied For An Inmate With An Impressive Record

Augusta Correctional Center
Jonathan White, age 55, has completed virtually every class and every rehabilitative program available to him during his 30-plus years of incarceration. The Powhatan Correctional Center closed last year and he and hundreds of his fellow inmates were moved the Augusta Correctional Center and to other already crowded prisons elsewhere. He will go before the Board again this year, hoping for consideration after having been denied parole time after time after time.

Here is a copy of the the letter I sent to the chair of the Parole Board on his behalf last year, and here is a link to a blog about his accomplishments, a copy of which I sent to Ms. Brown:

Ms. Karen Brown, Chair
Virginia Parole Board
6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225

May 16, 2014

Dear Ms. Brown,

I am writing in regard to your upcoming parole hearing regarding inmate Jonathan D. White #1161021 (#INM: 128952) at the Powhatan Correction Center.

I have been in regular correspondence with Mr. White and have been impressed by his many educational achievements and his record of exemplary behavior during his 33 years of incarceration--so much so that I recently posted his list of accomplishments on my blog.

As a licensed counselor and long time advocate for criminal justice reform, I see Mr. White as the kind of person parole release was originally designed for. By granting him parole, you satisfy  citizens‘ concern not only that justice be done but that deserving offenders be given a second chance to redeem themselves and to truly pay their debt to society--by once again becoming self supporting, tax paying citizens.

Thank you for giving this case every fair and reasonable consideration. 


Harvey Yoder, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

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