Valley Justice Coalition

Concert: Stories and Songs of Incarceration

Gemeinshaft Home residents along with Harrisonburg-area and JMU student and faculty musicians will share stories and songs written in a collaborative research project. This concert is the culmination of a year-long project which studied the impact of an arts-based storytelling and songwriting project involving formerly incarcerated persons and [...]

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Lynching in Virginia Events

Dr. Gianluca De Fazio, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at JMU, has done extensive work to research and document the history of lynchings in Virginia. There are [...]

Free Movement Conference

We're taking a bus down to the Free Movement Conference on March 23-25 Contact us if you are interested in participating and we can help coordinate registration and [...]

Harrisonburg Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018

We are excited to share a number of events that have been planned for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018 in Harrisonburg. [...]

Updated Drug Court Policies

On Monday, December 18th, Marsha Garst joined the regular meeting of the Valley Justice Coalition to discuss the policies and practices of our new drug court. Many changes [...]

Pastors urge Goodlatte on Sentencing Reform Act

A number of local faith leaders have joined together to call on Representative Bob Goodlatte to reintroduce a bill he had previously supported, the Sentencing Reform and [...]

Justice Planner Event

As a criminal justice planner for Thomas Jefferson Planning District, Neal Goodloe has demonstrated the value of this position and brought significant improvements to the [...]

Jason Gerlach on the Carceral State and the Christian Church

Jason Gerlach, who leads bible studies at our local jail, has been studying under renowned womanist theologian Katie Cannon. On Tuesday, November 14th, Jason will share [...]

H/R Drug Court Established!

The Valley Justice Coalition celebrates the establishment of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Drug Court! Program details are being worked out and significantly adjusted at this [...]

Community Criminal Justice Days

Community Criminal Justice Days
  The Institute for Reform and Solutions and the Valley Justice Coalition are hosting Community Criminal Justice Days, on October 18 and 19, 2017 at Blue Ridge [...]

Mass Incarceration Dialogue

James Madison University is hosting a public dialogue on the social, political, and economic factors contributing to mass incarceration in the United States. The dialogue will [...]